Nothing is more important than keeping your family safe, especially children.

There are a few websites you can you, for free, both of which are based on public records. City-Data and Family Watchdog.

While Family Watchdog helps you locate registered sex offenders in your area, the site also provides information on medicine recalls, vaccination information, food recalls, and more.

City-Data does exactly what is in the name, it provides just about everything you can possibly need to know about a city, town, or village, including their lists and maps of registered sex offenders.

There are 498 registered sex offenders in Rockford, Illinois, according to City-Data. The list, updated August 16, 2021, lists neighboring cities and towns as well.

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Belvidere, 61

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Loves Park, 26

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It's important to note that addresses can change and more than one person can have the same name. City-Data takes the use of their information very seriously (not to say Family Watchdog does not) misuse could get you into legal trouble.

Persons who use the information contained on this website to threaten, intimidate, or harass any individual, including registrants or family members may be subject to criminal prosecution or civil liability under state of federal law.

REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS IN SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES

Beloit, 187

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Freeport, 103

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Based on the size of Rockford's population, the ratio of registered sex offenders to citizens is 296 to 1.

You can learn more about City-Data here and Family Watchdog here.

Hopefully, the above information helps ease concern over who is living in your neighborhood. It's also useful for planning a potential move.

Ummm, can anyone explain why these toys are tethered to an abandoned motel south of Rockford???

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