DETROIT (WXYZ) - There are thousands of people listed on Michigan's registry of sex offenders. A tool from the state allows you to search for registered sex offenders in your neighborhood and see them on a map.
According to the state, registered sex offenders are required to update their address in the the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry within three days of moving to a new home.
Search Michigan's Sex Offender Registry & View Map:
(The map can be difficult to find. See more information below. Some features will only word in Internet Explorer.)
When you search the state database, you have several options. If you are looking for a particular person, you can type in as much or as little information as you know.
TO VIEW A LIST:
In most cases, you will want to do a very broad search. Simply typing your ZIP code into the search tool will give you a list (with photos if they are available) of every registered sex offender who shares your ZIP code.
TO VIEW A MAP:
Further down on the database search form, you will find the option to search within a one mile radius of an address you choose. Typing in your address will build a map that pinpoints the home (and in some cases, the work address) of every registered sex offender within a mile of your home.
In advance of Halloween, today marks the final day of what Michigan's law enforcement officials call "Operation Verify." Throughout the month of October, they do a sweep of sex offenders to make sure they are properly registered with the state. This is the ninth year of the program.