Last night I was watching Friday's 20/20. It was about a little Florida girl, named Somer, who loved puppies and was very friendly to strangers. She was killed by a sicko pedophile last year.
Throughout the story, they talked about the different suspects and that in this little girl's community--within a 5 mile radius--there were 150 registered sex offenders. Ew. Sent shivers and whatnot.
I wondered about my own neighborhood. I live in a fairly small town so I wasn't expecting a huge number of registered offenders. (But really, how many is an okay number?)
Within 2 miles of my house, there are 12. Within one mile, 8. And within a quarter mile, 2.
We're talking one right over there. I can see the residence from my house. The other one lives down the street and around the corner. Very close.
I was immediately glad that I don't let Lily play outside by herself.
I was immediately a little worried that some of my neighbors do.
(I'm not an alarmist. But I am paranoid. So I don't really care how rehabilitated someone is. Whether it's a pessimistic view or not, I believe the old saying that past performance predicts future performance. Apparently, the government agrees or the Registry wouldn't exist.)
Steve and I looked at each of the sex offender's picture and rap sheet. Good to know. I also signed up for email alerts that let me know when a new offender moves in. Also good to know.
The mother of Somer said that (in not so many words) one of her missions was to make people aware of who they're living by and know where the sex offenders are.
So, in the name of being aware of who's living by you, here are a couple websites:
If you live in Utah, go here. Go to the bottom and agree to the terms/conditions, then click on SEARCH FOR OFFENDERS IN YOUR AREA at the top.
If you live somewhere else, go here to Family Watchdog.
I remember roaming free when I was a kid.
My mom didn't think twice.
It's too bad Mayberry's dead.