The Department of Justice on Monday released a free mobile application that utilizes the GPS mapping feature built into the Apple iPhone and iPad to show the names, photos and homes of registered sex offenders living nearby.
Users can download it at iTunes or at www.ncdoj.gov.
Users can search for offenders within a 1, 3, or 5-mile radius of their present location and receive alerts whenever a registered offender moves in nearby.
The state's sex offender registry is already available on-line, but Attorney General Roy Cooper said the new app will provide critical safety information to families on the go.
"Knowing where sex offenders live can help you plan for your and your children’s safety," Cooper said. "Families are on the go and we need to make this critical safety information available to them where they are."
There was no word on whether a similar app will be released for Android users.