I know that when I was looking for a new house last year, one of my main concerns was the proximity of sex offenders. Many buyers have also asked me how to check into this particular subject - even those without children. As much of an unpleasant subject as it is, many of us start thinking about the subject when looking for a new home.
The Arizona Dept of Public Safety has a public web-site where you can enter your zip code and receive information on the sex offenders in your neighborhood, including their name, address, a photo and types of offenses, as well as which schools they live in close proximity to.
During your 10-day inspection period of buying a new home, research into schools and sex offenders can top your list if you have school-age children. To find information for your neighborhood, visit www.az.gov/webapp/offender/main.do