Post # 32
I agree with those who say you could move somewhere that doesn’t have a registered sex offender and not be any safer. The safest thing is being cautious and raising your children to be cautious, no matter where you live.
The sex offender registry is so those who do live nearby can be aware and careful, not to suggest that everyone move away or avoid the area entirely.
All the stats suggest that children are at greatest risk from somone they know, not strangers.
Post # 33
We moved into a house with no sex offenders within a 3 mile radius and the police chief lives on our street. It’s a small development with only about 15 houses. One day while we were at a friends house there was an assault on our street. It turns out that the boyfriend of the very sweet gentleman that lives across the street from the police chief choked his partner because he asked him to leave after discovering he is a registered sex offender in VA. Honestly, at least you know the person is a registered sex offender. This guy was constantly walking his dog ad talking to everyone including the children. I’m not a mom but it was still an awful experience. The registry isn’t perfect, although they can be arrested for not updating their address there are people that don’t, there are people that are sex offenders that haven’t been caught. Just make sure you educate yourself about the sex offenders in your area and keep your children educated about that type of situation.
Post # 34
We went trhought the same thing. We have a sex offender across the street from us. My mother calls him Boo Radley, like from To Kill A Mockingbird. We will just make sure our children know not to go over there for any reason. Everyone on the street knows about it and all the parents look out for all the kids. We were told two days after we moved in by a eighbor,but I had already looked it up on the registry online. We are just careful. Like everyone else said they are everywhere.
Post # 35
I probably wouldn’t move next door to a sex offender, but one in the neighborhood wouldn’t strike me as a reason to not get a house. My reasoning? They are EVERYWHERE. I live in a conservative, family and church oriented part of St. Louis with a very low crime rate – there are three sex offenders (two sodomy, one public urination) within a five block radius of where I live. Not that I am saying being a sex offender is NBD, but….you know.
Post # 36
It wouldn’t be a deal breaker for me.
There are registered sex offenders all over the place and even if you move somewhere with none nearby, one could move in next door two months later. Then what are you going to do?
If it is the right house for all other reasons, I wouldn’t let that fact that there is a sex offender almost a mile away deter me.
Post # 37
I would move in… But it’s best that you know so you can keep an even more watchful eye on children. But honestly; i’m pretty sure that wherever you move, you might run into this problem. Sex offenders are everywhere 🙁
Post # 38
There is a 6 time child rapist (yes, rape, sadly) that lives a few houses down from me. He lives in a duplex and a young girl and boy live on the other side. Also, there is an elementary school on the same street as our houses. It’s very disturbing.
The reason I am mentioning it, is because he moved there after we moved here. Your husband is right. It is scary, but there is no stopping them from moving right next store. The only think you could really do would be moving to a neighborhood with low turnover i.e. the houses don’t go on the market often at all, and there are no apartments or houses to rent nearby.
Don’t let his presence deter you from buying your dream house. Hopefully he’ll get hit by a truck soon or develop a fatal illness. Fingers crossed.