To make it simple for parents across the state to protect their kids from dangers that may lurk in their neighborhoods or nearby, Patch has compiled a list of registered sex offenders living in the Cranford area. This list represents the last known addresses of the offenders, as provided by the New Jersey State Police. It may not be complete or comprehensive, according to State Police. (The list is for public information only, and cannot be used to threaten, intimidate or harass, police say.)
The registry includes Tier 2 and Tier 3 offenders: those on Tier 2 have a moderate risk of re-offending, and Tier 3 offenders pose a “relatively high risk,” according to police. The internet registry does not include Tier 1 offenders, who pose a low risk, police said.
In Mahwah, there is currently one registered sex offender.
You may want to avoid trick or treating at these houses and apartments on Halloween, or merely be aware of who’s living in your neighborhood during the rest of the year.
Law enforcement officials and researchers caution that the registries can play only a limited role in preventing child sexual abuse and stress that most perpetrators are known to the child.
The U.S. Department of Justice, which oversees the National Sex Offender Public Website, estimates that only about 10 percent of perpetrators of child sexual abuse are strangers to the child.
The Justice Department estimates 60 percent of perpetrators are known to the child but are not family members but rather family friends, babysitters, child care providers and others, and 30 percent of child victims are abused by family members. Nearly a quarter of the abusers are under the age of 18, the department estimates.
Pins on the map represent addresses of offenders convicted of sex crimes. Roll your cursor over the pins, and you will see more information pop up, including the registered sex offender’s name, address, current age, convictions, and the age of the offender and victim at the time of the offense. Or, click on the link to view a larger map.
You can see Patch’s map below, and visit the New Jersey State Police website to search across New Jersey and read more about the registry.