How to Track Criminal Offenders

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Many tools are available on the Internet to help track criminal offenders. Some are free Web browser search engines, while others are fee-based retrieval websites. The information available online is filled with addresses, phone numbers and credit information about the criminal offender. The purpose in tracking criminal offenders is to watch and receive notifications when their criminal records change. Tracking a criminal offender used to be the role of probation officers, but as sexual and violent crimes increase, ordinary citizens feel the need to protect themselves and their neighborhoods by knowing who is really living next door.

Step 1

Go to, listed in Resources. This site is free to use.

Step 2

Type your username and password where indicated. Once you have registered, a page appear that prompts you to select the types of criminal offenses you are interested in tracking. Enter the location where you'd like to check for criminal offenders. Click on the "Yes" box stating that you'd like notification through email alerts if there is any criminal activity in the area. Activity can mean that a criminal offender is moving in or out of a neighborhood or has been arrested for a repeat offense. Many tracking websites have real-time alert capabilities and will issue alerts to your computer and cell phone through instant message or email. Live updates sent to your cell phone may incur an additional fee.

Step 3

Click onto the "Sign-up" bottom on the website after entering your information. Now you have access to your state’s database of criminal offenders. Search by town and street to see who in your neighborhood has a criminal past.

Step 4

Track criminal offenders. The identification of an offender is marked as a red pin on an interactive map. A red pin indicates that a criminal offender is living in the area you have selected for surveillance.

Step 5

By clicking the red pin on the interactive map you gain information about the criminal offender, such as address, phone number, even photographs and criminal history. Tracking a criminal offender is quite easy with Internet access.


  • Do not become a criminal offender by harassing the person you are tracking. Criminal offenders have rights to privacy and can press charges against those who violate those rights.


  • Before sharing your email address and cell phone number, make sure your contact information stays with the website and is not distributed.



About the Author

Tammy Bronson has been a freelance writer since 1994. As a writer for Thompson Gale Publishing she wrote autobiographies and legal reviews. With Bronson wrote innovative informative articles about colleges and universities nationwide. She lives in the Greater Boston Area and has a Master of Arts degree in literature and writing from the State University of New York.

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