Let’s play a game shall we. We’ll call it “Let’s see how many pedophiles live by me”. Sounds like a blast doesn’t it!?
Since I am an investigator by trade, I like to gather information on people and my surroundings. Sometimes this means going to a courthouse and pulling public records on people. Other times it means I just Google a person’s name and see what comes up.
As Girl Ninja and I continue to shape our idea of the type of place we want to buy, one thing is becoming evident; We want to live stupidly close to a public school, city park, or other public building.
Our current rental is half a block from an elementary school and we love it. While some might be annoyed by the sounds of little kids running around during the day, or moderate road traffic during pickup/drop-off hours, I view this as a small sacrifice for a much more significant benefit.
No sex offenders can live close to us.
I mean, we need to really stop and consider where our future home is physically located. If we aren’t near a park or school, there is nothing keeping an offender from moving in right next door. Now I don’t know about you, but I imagine this would significantly diminish a property’s value.
How could it not?????
I don’t care how cute a house is, if I pull up the offender list and see a bunch of dots around said cute house, I’m not writing an offer. Period. End of story. Now I get that some offenders shouldn’t probably be on the list for life (like 18 year olds that were in a consensual relationship with a 16-year-old) and maybe some were actually rehabilitated during their jail time, but still, the offender-free zone is going on my list of nonnegotiables.
I’ll take an outdated kitchen or a foundation issue over a pedophile any day of the week. The first two issues can be fixed with time and money, there is nothing I can do about the person that moves in next door.
So, you ready to play the creepiest game of your life? Go to Family Watchdog and punch in your address. By default it will show a mapped view. Instead click on the “List” tab. This is where it will show you the distance between you and the closest offender. Mine is 2.5 miles away. How about you? Anyone else consider the sex-offender issue when you were house/apartment hunting? If not, you’re welcome 😉