Ever wonder if your neighbors are secretly not so friendly?
The sex offender registry is public record, and new neighbors are legally supposed to announce themselves as sex offenders if they've been convicted. But that transparency can be hard to come by — unless you know about CrimeReports.com, or the California Attorney General's Megan's Law website.
The websites are a great resource for local crime data and information on registered sex offenders in California.
The public and police departments use them to show the community where crimes are taking place and where offenders live and their identities.
But even in places outside local police departments' jurisdictions, the websites have mapped the addresses, names and photos of sex offenders in the entire country.
The criminals are marked on the CrimeReports.com map with red triangles. Orange triangles symbolize two sex offenders living at one address. Click on the triangles to see details on the offenders.
In Santee (92071), the Megan's Law website shows a total of 47 sex offenders, and 52 in Lakeside (92040).
Do you worry about your neighbors? Are you surprised to see how many sex offenders are in Santee? Did you think there would be more? Tell us in the comments.