How to Protect Yourself from Florida Sex Offenders?
It’s important to know how to protect yourself from Florida sex offenders. To help you learn how, we’ll explain the difference between sexual offenders and predators, as well as the state registry.
The Difference between Florida Sex Offenders and Sexual Predators
In Florida, there are two similar but different designations for those who have been convicted of crimes involving sexual acts: sexual offenders and sexual predators. In Florida sex offenders refers to someone who has been convicted of sex related crime that involved someone below the age of consent. Florida sex predators are those who have committed more serious crimes or multiple sexual crimes. Some of the crimes which can result in an individual being designated as a predator include sexual battery involving a child under 12 years old that causes physical injury, and sexual battery upon a physically incapacitated or mentally disabled victim.
Understanding the Florida Sex Offender Registry
Both sexual offenders and predators are required to register with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s sex offender registry, which compiles permanent addresses, names, photos, and facts of the relevant crime. Once an individual has registered, anyone can visit the FDLE website and find them by using the Florida sex offenders search.
Protecting Yourself and Your Family
There are many things you can do to protect yourself and your family:
- Use the FDLE website and perform searches by offender’s name, neighbourhood, college, or other identifiers
- Remain vigilant. Don’t leave children unattended.
- Instruct your children not to talk to strangers.
- Be actively involved in your children’s life. Listen to what they have to tell you. Look for warning signs in their speech or behaviour. Take into account that in many cases children and teens do not share their (good and bad) experiences with their parents.
- Educate your family about red flags that might indicate someone’s interest in them is suspect.
- Conduct a background check on any person you involve in your life, especially if it is a nanny you want to hire for your kids.
Find out how to trace Florida arrest records.