Criminal Checks on Neighbors - Popular and Free Locally

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Casey McNerthney, July 22, 2008

Among the top search results on Google on Monday afternoon was

The site, which debuted Friday, makes it easy for your neighbors to discover your criminal blunders.

Created by the folks behind, the new site crunches monthly government data down to the state and county level, PeopleFinders president and chief operating officer Bryce Lane told The Associated Press.

"What we're really good at is establishing connections across all these different data sets, linking it back to a particular person," Lane told the AP, acknowledging that some data might be missing.

According to AP reporter Alex Viega, the Neighborhood Watch feature lets you focus your search by address or ZIP code. You can also search by a person's name or specific home address, and there's a separate search with a detailed map of registered sex offenders. The company also doesn't tap into federal crime data in free searches.

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