There are many types of sex offenders, from those who commit child sexual abuse to rape, and there may be one living near you. Thankfully, many states, like Texas, have rolled out legislation to closely monitor sex offenders. One of the forms of monitoring is the Sex Offender Registry.

In most cases, the registry shows the actual residence of the offender, as well as name, picture and offense. This may be good information to know before purchasing a new home or for peace of mind for the place you currently live.

To find out how many sex offenders live in your area, all you have to do is visit the Texas Department of Public Safety's website and just enter a little info, like your zip.

The website, City-Data, has an interactive map that shows the sex offenders in your area as well. You might just be surprised at how many people that live in your area that are registered sex offenders.

In Abilene, there are 473 to be exact.

Does this mean your safety and well-being is at risk? Not necessarily, but it's definitely good to know that the state is keeping tabs on those who've committed sex crimes.

Click here to find out if there are sex offenders living in your area.

There are also free apps, like Life360, that shows registered sex offenders in your area.

Now days, you can never be too careful when it comes to protecting those you love the most.

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