Sex Offenders Now Required to Post Bright Red Signs in Their Yards -- About Time!

Say What!? 100

red front doorDo you know where the pedophiles are living in your neighborhood? What about your kids? Do you want them to know? What if you had no choice, because every sex offender in the neighborhood had a giant red sign planted in their front yard?

That's the new law in Bradford County, Florida, and I have to admit it sounds kind of ... awesome.

Controversial, yeah, but still ... awesome for busy moms like me. 

The truth is, as much as I try to keep up on the sex offender registry, I can't remember the last time I checked it. It was probably months ago, the last time someone said something on Facebook about this creep or that creep moving into the neighborhood.

Pedophiles are scary, but there are plenty of things that pose a much more immediate threat to our kids, things we need to stay on top of. The registry is a great tool for parents, but let's face it: we get busy. We don't have TIME to check it every darn day.

And yet, I want to know if they're out there. Don't you? They may not be the biggest threat to our kids, but it's well known that sex offenders do tend to re-offend.

I want to know if there are houses in the neighborhood I should keep my kid away from, just in case. If there are people I should keep an extra eye on at community events.

Big red signs in the front yard of dangerous offenders would be a huge help for busy moms who don't have time to hit the registry. They'd be a huge help for parents who don't have access to a registry (yes, in this day and age, there are still plenty of folks who have neither computer nor Internet access). They'd be a bright red warning sign to kids to remind them that Mommy said that's a yard that can swallow Frisbees and baseballs; she'll be happy to buy you a new one.

Now if only we could get signs for potential offenders, we'd really feel better about letting our kids wander the neighborhood.

Do you think these signs are good for families? Would they scare your kids?


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LostS... LostSoul88

It dosn't make a difference honestly. If those signs are put in the yards then those people are going to be targeted. Did you know you can be come a sex offender by peeing in public? If you're caught in the nude in your own hottub? Even a 18/18 year old can be labled a sex offender if they are charged for having sex with their 16/17 yr old girlfriend. 

Sickos will get your children reguardless and no red sign will stop them. Sure you can avoid those homes but how do you know that person is on the sex offender list because they peed in public? Or flashed thei breat on mardi gra when they were 18 but are now 29 and a good eprson?

Irela... Ireland69

what if people already have red doors how are they going to get treated??? they should be tattooed on the forehead and I mean the really ones not the teens that made mistakes like the  18/17 or 17/16 etc...

LeeshaE LeeshaE

Not really sure about this but it could definately effect innocent people trying to sell their homes

jec72579 jec72579

LostSoul88 - In my state (MA) there are 3 levels of sex offender. Not sure if this is every state, but THAT is how you would know that the man with the sign didn't just pee in public. Level 3 is considered Highly dangerous and Most likely to re-offend. These are the people who forcibly rape others, and people who molest children, both theirs and others. If the signs are being placed for only level 3, this ensures that the 18 year old that slept with his 16 year old g/f, and got caught, won't have anything to worry about. 

I think this is a great idea, and would LOVE it if our state/county would pass a law such as this.

BabyL... BabyLadyG12

There are different levels of sex offenders.  In many states, these low level "sex crimes" do not require registration or at least not lifetime registration.

.LoVe... .LoVeMyBuG.

LostSoul88 you took the words right out of my mouth! I have heard sooo many stories of men getting labeled "sex offender" when it was for something totally ridicules! It is actually kind of scary because so many people are getting the sex offender label for stupid things like you mentioned "being nude in your own yard/hot tub" or a boyfriend girlfriend scenario where he just turns 18 and she is 16, the list goes on... it makes the REAL sex offender's more unknown, I see "sex offender" and always wonder if they are a real threat or was he 18 years old and screwed over by some 16/17 year girl not wanting to get in trouble by her parents.... again the list goes on, hopefully the signs are in the yards of the REAL sex offenders and scum bags who deserve it! 

.LoVe... .LoVeMyBuG.

LeeshaE- Good point!!! I know I wouldn't want my neighbors broadcasting it, leaving my family screwed when the time comes to sell our home! 

.LoVe... .LoVeMyBuG.

jec72579 I get the idea but someone made a good point. What if one of your own neighbors had a sign in his yard? Time comes for you to sell your home, do you think anyone with kids would want to buy your house knowing a sex offender lives next door? That said, there are other ways, around here when a sex offender moves in they have fliers go out to all of the surrounding homes.    

Naomi Janzen

My friend shared an interesting perspective from me... As someone who was abused as a child, she doesn't like to know where sex ofenders live because it's too jarring and anxiety-inducing.  Instead, she focuses on teaching her kids how to avoid unsafe people.  I think this makes more sense in some ways.  For people who have been abused, a red sign could be a huge trigger every time they drive down their streets.  I think it also means parents will place less of a priority in training their kids about what kind of people are dangerous and how to make wise choises.  Not every child predetor has been caught, prosecuted, and put on a registry.   We can't pass off the responsibility of protecting our children.  There are too many times that we've seen people who have done background checks to work in daycares become chronic abusers.  We have a responsibility to educate our kids at home, so that they can be safe when they go out into the world.

nonmember avatar Cass

It wouldn't scare the kids unless you told them what they were for. What it would do is invite vigilante justice and ruin the person's life.

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