CHARLOTTE, N.C. – If you are concerned about there being a sex offender living in the immediate area, there is an app for that.
“Technology is an important part of our efforts in law enforcement to fight crime,” said North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper.
Cooper joined Mecklenburg County Sheriff Chip Bailey in announcing that the state’s Sex Offender Registry was now available on an app for Android devices.
The registry has already been available on an app for iPhones for about a year, and has been already been downloaded by 40,000 people.
Using the app allows anyone to map addresses and view pictures of sex offenders living near anyplace you happen to be.
Sheriff Bailey said it is all real-time information.
“It is a live feed going to the state registry when our folks register the people, so it is updates constantly,” he said during a news conference with the attorney general.
Afterward, NBC Charlotte reporter Rad Berky showed the app to a number of people at a nearby shopping center.
Rick Curti then downloaded it to his own phone.
“If you have kids and stuff like that, you want to be careful of who your kids are around because it could be anybody,” said Curti.