SLED reports there are more than 12,000 registered sex offenders in South Carolina. Offender Watch helps residents and authorities keep track of them with the click of a mouse.
"They'll actually see a picture of the offender, they'll see their address and then the reason why they're on the list," explains Captain Eric Abdullah with the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.
Aiken County authorities say they're using Offender Watch as an awareness program and residents are reaping the benefits.
Captain Abdullah says you can go to the web site and sign up to be alerted by e-mail when a registered offender moves within two miles of your address. An idea Aiken County residents have latched on to.
"Being that I'm new to town, I would like to know who's in my neighborhood," says Clyde Jobes, an Aiken County resident.
Jobes says he and his family have only been in Aiken for two weeks and having access to that information is beneficial.
He tells News Channel 6, "I think it's a great idea to have this program because when I do move to a house, I would like to know what area I'm moving in and who's around me."
Captain Abdullah says an important thing to remember is if offenders are registered, it means they've already served their time. He says giving residents access to the predators gives them information as a safety tool.
"It's a way for us to keep our citizens informed. We want to make sure that we have a good partnership with our citizens and those who visit Aiken," he adds.
To take a look at that registry for yourself, visit http://www.icrimewatch.net/index.php?AgencyID=54575.
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