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New Web Site – criminalsearches.com – Is Your Neighborhood Safe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 21, 2008 | Categories: Around Town, In The News

Have you heard about the new web site from Peoplefinders that enables you to search for criminals in your own neighborhood.  CriminalSearches.com is a free criminal search site that equips consumers with up-to-date information on criminals and sex offenders in their own communities.

In theory, this web site is a wonderful thing.  Especially for single women and families with children.  It provides you with the opportunity to check out a neighborhood before purchasing a home to make sure it is safe.

I checked out criminalsearches.com and plugged in my address, as well as everyone else's address I know, to see if there are any criminals living amongst us.  The thing you have to be aware of is that not "all criminals are alike".  What I mean is that they list criminals with V (violent) records, S (Sexual) crimes and O (other) all together.  And O (other) can be, and most likely is, a traffic violation, such as speeding.

When you go to the site, click on Neighborhood Watch, then type in the address you want to check out.  A map of that neighborhood pops up with letters representing what type a crime that person has committed.  There is a  legend above the map to tell you what each letter represents.

As I said I think that this site can be very beneficial in finding a neighborhood that is safe (or safer) to live in.  If you have children you can check to see if there are any sex offenders nearby that you need to be aware of.

However, I think that this site could be harmful if not used with common sense.  Just remember that you could find your name on there if you have had a speeding ticket. 

So just don't jump to the conclusion that your neighborhood, or potential neighborhood is a cesspool of evil crime doers. 

What do you think of criminal searches?  If you have an opinion, we would love to hear it!

0 Responses to New Web Site – criminalsearches.com – Is Your Neighborhood Safe

  1. Kim says:

    criminalsearches website is bogus! It should be shut down!!
    They have records of sealed and expunged crimes. Once a person has had their record sealed or expunged it is no longer public record. Criminalsearches does not update their site and it is completely out of date!
    They also do not have a phone number to call so people who have false and misleading information on their site can make a complaint!!

    I am shocked this site is still running. The FCC should be involved, as showing a record of a sealed or expunged crime is illegal!! criminalsearches are criminals!!!!

  2. Angie says:

    Horrible inaccurate site!
    This site has records up for public view that have been expunged and sealed. This is completely illegal…what irresponsible hypocrites!

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