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New Service Provides Sex Offender Alerts Via Email And Cell Phone

San Francisco, CA — California is one of three states where people can now get “sex offender movement alerts” sent to their cellphones whenever the sex offender registries in those states are updated.

A Houston-based company called SCAN U-S-A began offering the service Tuesday and it has plans to expand it nationwide.

But critics worry that the alarms may provide a false sense of security.

The databases depend on the willingness of sex offenders to register.

Nearly a quarter of all such offenders nationwide don´t properly inform police about their whereabouts.