It seems like every week another horrid headline comes across the news feed. Stories of sexual predators being arrested and charged with unspeakable crimes against children.

A parent's primary instinct is to protect her child from danger. It is job number one. There are several things you can do to make yourself and your kids a less likely target. Education and awareness are the keys.

One way to help protect your family is to familiarize yourself with your neighborhood's registered sex offenders list. These files are open to the public and are to be used for informational purposes only. Clicking through these pages might not be your first choice on how to spend a rainy afternoon, but dig in anyway.

According to City-Data, Iowa City has 86 registered sex offenders as of September 10, 2020, which by population size, is a ratio of 849 citizens to each offender. This ratio puts Iowa City higher on the safe list.

Photo: Jade Peterson

Iowa City Sex Offenders Map

Cedar Rapids currently has 311 registered sex offenders living in the city at this time. The ratio of citizens to sex offenders is 420 - 1, which places Cedar Rapids in the middle on our safe list.

Julie James

Cedar Rapids Sex Offender Map

With 296 registered sex offenders living in Waterloo, the population of sex offenders ratio to citizens is 233 to 1. This drops Waterloo into the lower levels of the safe list.

Shawn McKenna

Waterloo Sex Offenders Map

The bottom line is, if you want to protect yourself and kids from danger, it's wise to make a practice out of these three things: Be aware of your surroundings. Be prepared. And be diligent about staying informed.

[source: City-Data.com]

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