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Have Children? Check State Sex Offender Registries Before Choosing A Place to Live
by Lisa Wells
When you are considering a place to live, whether it's to rent or to buy, the standard rules apply for what makes sense for you - how far is it from where you work? Do you have pets, and if so, is it pet-friendly? What is the neighborhood like? How about amenities such as a pool or yard? Proximity to mass transit?
Those are obvious questions to ask, but if you have children, a whole new list of questions comes to mind. Quality of the school system, neighborhood playgrounds and safety factors top the list.
If you have children, another major safety factor to consider when choosing a place to live is whether or not that property is located near the known residential address of a convicted sex offender. You can easily view state sex offender registries online using the list below.
Author's Note: If you are a landlord or property manager, do your part to protect your community - screen prospective tenants to review their criminal background including any sex offenses. Online background checks are quick, easy and inexpensive, especially compared to the risk of unknowingly having a convicted sex offender move into your residential rental property.
List of State Sex Offender Registries Online
Source: Federal Bureau of Investigations website: http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cid/cac/states.htm