Monday, October 25, 2010

This Really Ought To Scare You...

A couple of days ago, the Dallas Morning News ran an article detailing how sex offenders in the City of Dallas were being turned away from their yearly registration process because there were too many of them for the number of officers devoted to that task, and the number of hours the office was open during the week. A DPD spokesperson said the Department had 'erred badly' by limiting the number of registrants who could be processed for yearly re-registration to 3 dozen a day. Waiting rooms are packed, and lines stretch outside. Frustrations mount as sex offenders try to comply with their lawful requirements to maintain their registration. The DPD spokesperson said that only a few of the 3100 offenders the Department is tasked with overseeing may not be in compliance with the registration requirements.

3100? In the City of Dallas proper? And that's just the ones they know about? Far more than 3 dozen per day have to be registered?

I called up my local Police Department's on-line sex offender location map ... I have over 50 REGISTERED ones living within a 5 mile radius of my home. In my city, there are too many to count as represented on the map. They are numerous, and they are all over the place.

If your town has such a map on-line, study it. See how many there are, and how close they are to you. See how many of them were labeled because of violations involving a child. Take the time to take a look, and understand what is around you and your kids.

1 comment:

Margot said...

I signed up for an alert system - it not only gives me the whereabouts of present sex offenders (and like your area,there are alot) but also sends me an alert everytime someone new registers in the area - in a 15 mile radius of my home. As you pointed out, this is just the ones they know about or have caught. Somebody called me last night offering "Child safety packets". I didn't understand most of what they were saying (I think English might have been a second language) but did catch the part about the number of missing children in this area having doubled in the past year. Eight years ago this was a "small, quiet town". I found it really boring compared to where I had lived up north.

Between the reported number of sex offenders and the state of the public school system here, i find myself often wondering why I ever let my four children leave the house. If circumstances allowed, I would build a log cabin in the mountains, home school, and be done with it all. It is a scary, scary world out there; one that I increasingly find more unpleasant.

I often wonder if the US of A is in a state of rapid decline or I am just showing my age.