SMITHFIELD, N.C. - North Carolina now has an updated sex offender registry Web site for citizens who want more specific information about where child molesters, rapists and other criminals live.
View the new website here:
N.C. Sex Offender Registry: http://www.ncfindoffender.gov
The upgrades, announced Monday by Attorney General Roy Cooper, allow anyone to receive e-mail alerts when a sex offender moves in a neighborhood or near a school. The Web user also can view maps that highlight how many registered sex offenders live in within a 1-, 3- or 5-mile radius of a specific address.
"Families and neighborhoods will be able to use these new tools to plan for their safety," Cooper, a Democrat, said in a news release. "Knowing more about where offenders live will help communities stay vigilant about safety."