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Warning: A sex offender lives nearby

know when

a sex offender moves nearby

Last week the Florida Department of Law Enforcement rolled out a service on its Web site that sends an e-mail alert whenever a sex offender moves into your neighborhood.

You must sign up on the FDLE Web site to receive a notification within 48 hours of the agency's confirmation of an updated address.

Go to and click on the "Florida Offender Alert System" button to activate an account. There is also a link to the FDLE service at our Police Department Web site, The service is offered at no charge.

After you open a password-protected account on the Web site, you can sign up to receive updates about registered offenders and e-mail alerts whenever offenders move.

You also can pick a location and receive a notice whenever an offender moves within half a mile to 5 miles of that.

And you can track as many offenders and locations as you want, so you can help look after your friends, or kids after they have moved away.

The site has several additional features. It allows users to generate maps showing where each sex offender/predator resides and obtain information about their vehicles.

You can also search for e-mail addresses or instant-message screen names to see if they belong to a registered offender.

The FDLE Sex Offender/Predator Registry contains information on more than 47,000 registered sex offenders/predators in Florida, and the Web site averages more than 500,000 searches per month.

William Proffitt, St. Petersburg police spokesman

Warning: A sex offender lives nearby 03/29/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 10:48am]
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