The truth is with a little careful research online, you can find out just about anything about anyone these days. In fact this is one reason that some people (about 6%) decide not be Internet users at all.
Still, there are times when it is critical to find out information about your neighbors.
6 Reasons You Might Want To Know More About Your Neighbors:
1. The possibility that a neighbor may be a convicted sex offender.
2. Your neighbors always seem to know what is going on in your house and have no problem discussing it with you, even though you never told them anything.
3. The possibility your neighbor may be a convicted drug dealer who is dealing drugs again.
4. Your neighbors seem to keep an abnormal number of dogs, and you’ve heard what you think are dog fights going on.
5. You are suspicious that your neighbors are using your wireless connection to spy on your home, or the contents of your computer.
6. Your child tells you about some disturbing behavior (doesn’t have to be sexual) on the part of your neighbor and you are concerned the safety of all children in the neighborhood.
These are just a few reasons that you might want to find out who your neighbors are.
Good news!… There are a number of online services that help to find out further information about your neighbors — legally.
Felon Spy allows you to do a free criminal background check on anyone whose name you know. It will search records from all over the United States, and with luck, it will give you the information you need about your neighbor. A downside to the site is that it only has records for the United States — so if you live in Canada or elsewhere, you are out of luck.
Family Watchdog is a great website that allows you to do more than just research your neighbors to see if they have a criminal record. You can also find out about food, drug, and product recalls, get a free family safety guide, and get free safety alerts via e-mail (or even on your cell phone or pda). This website is geared towards keeping you and your family safe and has lots of useful information.
Rotten Neighbor is a site that is geared at helping people find the bad neighbors before they actually move into the neighborhood. A good idea really, I think. You can search thousands of addresses and areas of the country to find out if there have been any complaints by other people in the neighborhood about certain neighbors. One complaint that I read talked about a man who had tortured and killed a neighbor’s cat and was threatening to kill her other cats. Scary to say the least, but it just goes to show you that there are people out there other than sex offenders that can be just as frightening.
Free Background Checks USA is a site that tells you — state by state — how to do free background checks on your neighbors. It has a 3-step process where you can find the address of a person, then check the National Sex Offender Registry, and then contact the local law enforcement groups for the different areas of the state for which you checking. It’s quite thorough. It makes it much easier to find out if your neighbor has any kind of a criminal record.
My IP Neighbors allows you (if you are on shared hosting) to find out what other websites are being hosted on your company’s server. So you can find out for example if pornography websites like child porn are being hosted on it. It also tells you how many websites are being hosted there, so you can tell if, for example, there are too many and that is why your connection may be slow. If your neighbors are hosting questionable websites on your shared host, knowing this could help you to protect yourself and your children. It is one way to find out about possible pedophiles in your neighborhood — maybe ones that have yet to be discovered.
Now here is one of the more ridiculous ways you can research your neighbors…
Fund Race on The Huffington Post website actually allows you to find out which political campaigns your neighbors are contributing money too. Personally, I think this should be private. Why knowing whether your neighbor is a Democrat, Republican or Independent even matters escapes me. This a website geared for those nosy neighbors who think it is their right to know every detail of their neighbor’s private lives.
These are just some of the ways you can find out more information about your neighbors so that you can keep your family safe. It’s a sad world that we live in that we must be so suspicious of others, but these days there is just no telling who is moving in next door.