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 Scotts Valley, the site shows about 10 sex offenders, about one third of the total in Watsonville. Three sex offenders live in the neighborhood between Hocus Pocus Park and the golf course.
Neighboring Santa Cruz and Watsonville far outnumber Scotts Valley as far as sex offenders, while the local sex offender population is similar to other 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 Scotts Valley? Did you think there would be more? Tell us in the comments!