Ever wonder if your neighbors are secretly not so friendly?
The sex offender registry is public record, and new neighbors are legally supposed to announce themselves as sex offenders if they've been convicted. But that transparency can be hard to come by — unless you know about CrimeReports.com.
The website is a great resource for local crime data. Some police departments use it to show the community where crimes are taking place. But even in places where the local PD doesn't participate, the whole country has been mapped with addresses and photos of sex offenders.
The criminals are marked on the map with red triangles. Orange triangles symbolize two sex offenders living at one address. Click on the triangles to see details on the offenders.
In Gilroy, the site shows about 40 sex offenders, which is comparable to cities like Watsonville, Milpitas and Santa Cruz. Five sex offenders live in a four block radius around downtown Gilroy near Forest Street Park. Another four sex offenders live in the two block area just south of Las Animas Park tennis courts.
The Gilroy sex offender population far outnumbers those of smaller Bay Area cities like Capitola, Burlingame and Millbrae.
Do you worry about your neighbors? Are you surprised to see how many sex offenders are in Gilroy? Did you think there would be more? Tell us in the comments!