These are the people in your neighborhood

TechCrunch provided a link this weekend to Vision 20/20, a nice mash-up site that provides users with a free map showing where sex offenders live in their neighborhoods. Just click on POM Offender Locator in the top navigation and enter your address. It’s pretty freaky, a nice public service, and an excellent demonstration of what you can do with databases and maps to create meaningful content.

Which got me to thinking…

NBC is continuing with its controversial “To Catch A Predator” series despite advertisers pulling out of the “show.” My heart bleeds for NBC, so why don’t they visit the Vision 20/20 website, find offenders living in the hood, and have pretend youngsters knock on the door with Girl Scout cookies? The cookie box cam video alone would be priceless. They could call it “To Catch a Repeat Predator,” and with his brow appropriately furrowed, Chris Hansen could ask them, “Don’t you know you can’t do this?.”

Noble, huh?


  1. Oh, and did not know about it. Thanks for the information …

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