- Published on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 14:59
- Written by Super User
RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolinians who got new mobile devices for the holidays can now download a free safety tool: the NC Sex Offender Registry application.
“Download this tool on your new phone or tablet so you can have this valuable safety information with you, whether you’re at home or on the go,” Cooper said.
The app is available to both Apple and Android device users and can be downloaded via iTunes®, the Google Play store or ncdoj.gov. Since the Apple version of the app was launched in January 2012, it has been downloaded to iPhones ®, iPads® and iPod Touches® 43,699 times. The Android version, launched in November 2013, has been downloaded 5,606 times.
The app gives users instant access to the most current information on registered sex offenders in North Carolina. Users can search using GPS to see nearby sex offenders or type in a specific address to search for offenders near that location. Users can filter the results to see registered offenders within a one, three or five mile radius.
Many sex offenders frequently change residences, and the app allows North Carolinians to receive up-to-date information no matter where they are in the state.
The app contains an interactive map with information about each individual sex offender. Red flags on the screen indicate the homes of registered sex offenders.
Clicking on a flag brings up the name and address of that offender. Users can also see a photo of the registered sex offender, a physical description, and access a list of the crimes that put the offender on the registry. The app was developed by the Department of Justice’s information technology staff using information submitted by local sheriffs to the NC Sex Offender Registry.
The statewide registry is maintained by the State Bureau of Investigation and lists more than 20,000 registered sex offenders, all of whom are required by law to maintain up-to-date information on their location with their local sheriff’s office. In addition to the mobile application, North Carolinians can get information about registered sex offenders a variety of ways. People can visit the public NC Sex Offender Registry website at ncdoj.gov, and can also sign up to receive email alerts whenever a registered offender moves near their home, school, day care center or any other address they choose, or to receive alerts about a particular sex offender. North Carolinians can also get an alert by telephone when a convicted sex offender moves into their zip code, or get telephone alerts about a specific offender, through the NC SAVAN system by calling 1-877-627-2826.