Family Watchdog was originally founded by Sprint in 2007 as a service that pinpoints sex offenders on a map local to your home, free only to Sprint customers.
At the homepage, you can type in your Street, City, State & Zip in order to view on a map if there are any sex offenders in your area.
Why do this? Well, it’s really important to be aware of those around you.
Below, you can see what the map format looks like. The house icon represents your location/home. The red and yellow squares represent sex offenders in the area. To see who they are, you simply click the square. It brings you to a new page which tells you his name, address, pseudonyms and convictions.
Check out these shocking statistics from the Family Watchdog site:
- 1 of 5 girls and 1 of 6 boys will be molested before their 18th birthday.
- 90% of all sexual assaults against children are committed by someone whom the victim knew.
- The typical sexual predator will assault 117 times before being caught.
- The re-arrest rate for convicted child molesters is 52%.