Tracking Sex Offenders In Alabama: There’s An App For That

HUNTSVILLE, Ala (WHNT) — Keeping children safe is every parent’s greatest concern.  AlertID, a free online and mobile service, announced Tuesday that it will now provide alerts from state sex offender databases for the entire state of Alabama, as well as 230 million people or 73 percent of the US population via online, email and mobile app.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® reported in its Map of Registered Sex Offenders dated November 4, 2011 that there were more than 745,000 registered sex offenders in the United States.  States are required by The Adam Walsh Protection and Safety Act of 2006 to provide public access to their SODs but are not required to notify residents if an offender’s information, such as his or her address, changes.

With AlertID, members can view a local map showing where registered offenders are in their neighborhoods.  If an offender moves into their neighborhood or near their child’s school, AlertID will automatically send an alert.  Also included in each alert are important safety tips. If traveling to other areas, members can access the same information with AlertID’s free mobile app.

“Providing universal access to SOD information and alerts helps protect children,” said Ken Wiles, AlertID’s Chief Executive Officer. “This information helps families make informed decisions about the places that they take their children and should be considered whether they believe they know the area or not.”

The information contained in the SODs is only to be used to protect families, and AlertID members determine whether they want to receive the alerts and for what geographic areas.

“AlertID is a unique platform that is filling a void that exists between public safety and the community we serve.  It has made a dramatic impact in helping to reduce crime and protect families by directly involving the community in policing efforts” Chris Perry, Director for the Nevada Department of Public Safety.

To sign up for a free account, or for more information, go to www.AlertID.com.

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