How to Find Criminals Around My Area

Updated April 17, 2017

If you are planning on moving into a new home, or if you are just concerned about the safety of your family in your current home, knowing if there are convicted criminals living around you is of extreme importance. There are many law enforcement agencies and groups that keep track of certain criminals such as sex offenders and post information on where they live for the general public. In order to see if criminals live in your area, you must access the website of one of these sources.

Turn on your computer and open up your favourite Web browser. Find the site of your state's sex offender registry by doing a simple search engine query including "Your State" and "Sex Offender Registry." Every state has an online sex offender registry that you can search once you find it. These registries are run by different government agencies depending on the state. For example, the Missouri registry is run by the Highway Patrol.

Insert your address to search by location once you find the online registry for your state. Click on search and you will see a list of offenders in your area. If you know the name of a suspected offender, type what you know about the person into the "Offender Search" section to see if the person is on the list of convicted criminals. Remember that only sex offenders will appear through this search.

Click on the address bar in your browser and type in "" and press "Enter" to visit the site. Family Watchdog is a group dedicated to keeping families safe. Click on the "Find Offenders" option at the top of the page to be taken to a searchable database. Just as with the government sites, you can type in an address to find criminals in your area, or search by name.

Use your browser to go to "" to use yet another resource to search for criminals in your area. Enter in your address in the fields at the top of the page and click "Search" to see a map of your area with various criminals marked. This site uses public information to compile a map involving criminals, not just those who have committed sex crimes.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet access
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About the Author

Chris Waller began writing in 2004. Chris has written for the "Fulton Sun" and eHow, focusing on technology and sports. Chris has won multiple awards for his writing including a second place award in the Missouri Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest. Chris earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in journalism and English from Truman State University.