SAN DIEGO: County launches sex offender alert system

(CNS) – An online system that will automatically alert San
Diego County residents if a sex offender registers in their area was launched
Wednesday.

Residents who sign up at SanDiegoCountySexOffenders.com, enter their zip
code and receive an email whenever the state's Megan's Law website is updated
with a new registrant in their area.

“We get so busy in our daily routines that we may not be checking the
Megan's Law website as regularly as we should,” Supervisor Bill Horn said.
“This system reminds us to be vigilant — it's time to check again.”

The email alert will link users to the Megan's Law website, where they
can review profiles and find new listings.

“Knowledge is power, and this new notification system complements the
ongoing efforts of law enforcement in San Diego County,” District Attorney
Bonnie Dumanis said.

People who sign up for the service will first have to acknowledge a
disclaimer on the varying risk levels of sex offenders in the state's database.

The county also provided a cautionary note about the offender alerts,
reminding residents that some 80 to 90 percent of sex offenses against children
are committed by people who know the victims and their families.

SanDiegoCountySexOffenders.com includes a “Resources” page to help San
Diegans learn more about sex offenders, and how to protect themselves and
their loved ones.

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