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Using "The Family Watchdog"

Updated on August 11, 2010

What is The Family Watchdog?

The Family Watchdog website is a site of all the registered sex offenders in the United States, along with their last known address, their aliases, the reason for conviction, a photo, and a description of their appearance.

Check By Offender Name

You can choose to search for an offender by name. In the "search by name" area, you enter the offender's first and last name, as well as their state, and their information will come up. This is useful if you are concerned about a specific person and their location in reference to you.

If you are not certain of the offender's state, you may leave that section blank, and TFW will search the whole U.S.

Check by Location

In the "search by location" tab, you can enter your complete address, your street, your city, or your zip code. A map will appear with boxes showing the registered sex offenders in your area.

Gray boxes marked with an x depict a school. By clicking on the school, you can see how many sex offenders live within a thousand feet and 1/2 a mile of the school.

Red boxes mean the offender has committed crimes against children.

Yellow boxes signify rape offender.

Blue boxes show sexual battery offenders.

Green boxes depict the locations of other sexual offenders.

Other Things This Site Can Do

If you would like to register your e-mail address with TFW, you can receive automated e-mails whenever a registered sex offender moves into your area.

By clicking on the "offenders" tab and then the "statistics" subheading, you can see how many sex offenders live in your state, and how many there are per million people.

There is an FAQ section on the website for questions you may have about its use.

You may send updates to the site if you know an offender has moved and is no longer at a given address.

Why Should I Use This Site?

This site can be helpful when choosing a place to move to.

It can be helpful when choosing a school, or just for school-related safety.

It can help to know where an offender is in relationship to you, especially if the offense was committed against you or one of your loved ones.

It is helpful to know where sex offenders are located, especially if you have children.

Points To Remember

It is illegal to harass someone who is on this list. You may not pressure an offender to move, spread gossip about him or her, or blackmail them in any way. This is a crime.

Realize that there are different levels of sex offense. An 18 year old that had relations with a 16 year old significant other may be considered a sex offender, as this is statutory rape regardless of whether or not the minor consented. Obviously, this is much different than someone charged with battery and rape.


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