U.S. Publications Inc says that a study by the U.S. Department of Justice has revealed that sex offenders are four times more likely to re-offend than other convicted criminals, and that 60% of convicted sex offenders are out on parole or probation. Playing on the fear that there could well be just such a person living secretly in your neighborhood, the company has announced a new app that's said to be capable of pointing out the location of such undesirables within a 40 mile (64 km) radius of a given area. The Criminal Tracker app doesn't limit its results to sex offenders, however, as the company's database is claimed to be the most comprehensive National Criminal Index available.

The Criminal Tracker app is currently only available for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch users. Once downloaded onto the iDevice, a user would enter a zip code and mile range. The app then presents a map with pushpins showing the locations of convicted criminals in the chosen area, along with name and address details. The first three searches are free, after which users can top up available look-ups from US$0.99. The technology is supported by online offender search portal PublicData.com, which also powers the site CriminalCheck.com.

Law enforcement agencies in the U.S. have been required to record information on the whereabouts of sex offenders since the mid 1990s under regulations known as Megan's Law. Information from the register is already freely available to the public courtesy of the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website from the Department of Justice.

The Criminal Tracker app is said to expand the neighborhood search beyond the provision of location data on sex offenders only – it's also claimed to offer intelligence on other undesirables in the search radius, that we might want to know about. U.S. Publications Inc states that the company works closely with law enforcement to ensure that its offender database is kept up to date, although there doesn't appear to be any independent information available to verify accuracy.

Source: Criminal Tracker