Family Watchdog makes no representation, implied or expressed, that all information placed on this web site is accurate. The information that is used to report on this site derives from official public records. Some of the official data is gathered from the offenders themselves who are required by law to report their current address to law enforcement officials.
Information contained on this site provides no representation as to any offender's likelihood of re-offending or the nature of any future crimes they may commit. Harassment, stalking, or threatening anyone on this list likely violates your state law and is neither condoned nor encouraged by Family Watchdog, its directors or employees. Your continued use of this site constitutes understanding of these provisions. What is Family Watchdog? Family Watchdog allows you to see where registered sexual offenders live and work around you and your family.
Is there a cost to use Family Watchdog? There is no fee associated with looking up offender and viewing maps. You can also sign up to receive free email alerts. None of the services provided by Family Watchdog will cost you a dime! If you see that you are being charged, check your bill and make sure its not from FamilyWatchdog.
Family watchdog has been in production since August 25, What else does Family Watchdog do? Family Watchdog can proactively notify you when a registered sexual predator moves within five miles of your given address. Family Watchdog can also track offenders and send you notifications if the specified offender has had a change. Why is sex offender information public?
Megan's Law is designed to provide information and notification to communities when potentially dangerous sex offenders moves into the neighborhood. The nature of the notification varies significantly from state to state, and even sometimes from community to community within a state.
However, as a result of the system, every state now attempts to keep track of the residence of sex offenders, and to provide information to the public.
What addresses can I choose for notifications? You may use any address that you would like! A parent or grandparents house Use the address that is most important to you! How will you notify me? Our service uses email as a primary notification mechanism. If you don't have an email address.
We do NOT send direct mail information at any time. I moved, how do I change my address? You can log into your account using your username and password.
From there you can modify your address by clicking the little pencil icon. There is an offender registered at MY address. That person does NOT live here. This offender may not have reported that they moved. You will need to contact the state registry that maintains this offender's information.
Click on the convictions tab for this offender. You will find the source of the information. Please contact that registry to update the information. If you need any assistance contacting the state's registry email our customer service and they can help. How often do you update? We update our site daily and for some states multiple times daily.
When a change is made, our site updates in about 24 hours. What is non mappable offender? Non mappable offenders means that we cannot map them. We may not have a full address for the offender or our geocoder does not recognize the address.
You can view information about the nonmappable offender under the List tab, located just above the map. You can go to the filter and then click non-mappables to only view those not included on the map. Why are the maps not showing my area? We currently get our maps from Google maps. They update every 6 months or so. We update when they do. So if you live on a new street or addition, they might not have you on their maps- Which means we will not either.
Is everyone on Family Watchdog a sexual predator? You would have to look at the specific person to see what the offense is. What do i tell my children about the offenders near my home? Keep information general, explain the importance of avoiding dangerous situations, rather than trying to teach they to be safe from just the one person you know about. If a juvenile offender is included in the state's online registry then we will be able to include them.
If their information is not available online then we can not have it online. What are the risk levels? The numeric risk level indicates the level of risk a sex offender poses to the community. A numeric risk level is assigned to each sex offender when the offender is released from a penal institution or placed on community supervision or juvenile probation.
It is determined by using the sex offender screening tool adopted by the Risk Assessment Review Committee. There are three different risk levels: Do all people convicted of a sex offense have to register? Only offenders who were convicted after and were still under some type of supervision on September 1, Many people convicted of sex crimes before this date do not have to register. Judges may exempt some if the law allows.
How long do offenders have to register for? It depends on the state laws the offender was convicted in, the laws in the jurisdiction they are living, and the offence. Also, if they are a juvenile it will change the amount of time they have to register. What do the colors on the map mean? If you look under the map on your browser or mobile device, you will notice there is a "map legend" key.