When a family relocates to a new neighborhood, one of the primary concerns is often the personal safety afforded in the new area; the safety of towns just miles away from each other can often vary greatly. Many websites offer services that survey local maps and government records to determine where felons reside; you can use these tools for free to check your surrounding area.
Navigate any web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, to a web service that performs neighborhood checks for felons. Familywatchdog.com is one such site that does this service without charge. You can find a link to Family Watchdog in the References section of this page.
Locate the "Find Offenders" box on Family Watchdog's main page. The site provides two search options. In the upper box, type a location into the box; include your street, town, state and ZIP code. You can also search by typing a felon's name into the lower search box and selecting a state.
Click "Search." Depending on the size of your search area, the search process can take from a few seconds up to a minute.
Look at the map provided by Family Watchdog. The address you typed will appear as a tiny house icon on the map. The tiny black and white icons demarcate every local school or learning center. The colored dots indicate various types of felons.
Click on any of the items on the map for more information. Consult the legend on the left side of the screen to understand what each colored dot means. Select an offender by clicking on the dot. Here, you can click the dot to find the specific address of each offender, what the offender was convicted of and any aliases the felon has used in the past.
Before making any rash decisions based on the information you find on one of these sites, consider that many felons have gone through rehabilitation programs and should not be automatically demonized. Consult friends and loved ones and consider your options before taking any action based on this data.