As of November 2018, 4,322 registered sex offenders were living in Los Angeles. The ratio of residents to sex offenders is 920 to 1. Where do most of the sex offenders live within Los Angeles? What neighborhoods are most affected? Read on to discover what areas have the most registered sex offenders.
Athens (South Los Angeles)
The neighborhood of Athens in South LA has 242 sexual offenders living there. The zip code for this area is 99044.
South Los Angeles/Broadway Manchester
This area in zip code 90003 has the second number of sex offenders residing in it. 220 offenders are residing there currently.
The central part of the downtown area of LA has 206 registered sex offenders living within this zip code. The zip code for this area is 90013.
Southeast Los Angeles
The 90011 zip code has 176 registered sex offenders. This area is the southeast part of the city.
Hyde Park, View Park, and Windsor Hills
The two zip codes 90043 and 90047 have the fifth largest concentration of registered sex offenders within the LA area.
The information above may not be considered very helpful because of the controversies over the last several years revolving around the California sex offender registry. As a result of many civic actions, many of the sex abusers living in California are now registered as homeless.
Several years ago, LA made the news because government officials were building small parks throughout the city. The reason behind creating the parks was that this forced sex offenders to move out of their neighborhoods.
These “pocket parks” were so small that they could hardly hold any playground equipment. The sole intent was to force sexual predators to move further out of the city since registered sex offenders were forced to live a certain distance away from public parks.
This caused group homes for sex offenders to be packed in the LA area. The number of homeless sex offenders skyrocketed. The saga continued in 2015 when the California court ruled that only child molesters had to follow the residency rules that previously all sex offenders had to follow.
Newspaper headlines touted that “California sex offenders free to live near parks and schools.” This ruling freed up 75 percent of the registered sex offenders do not have any housing restrictions. Previously to the lesser restriction, only one in five sex offenders were able to find permanent housing as a result of the rules.
The court was hoping to be able to change this. Government leaders thought that the homelessness of sex offenders would decrease after this ruling. This was not the case. In 2017, two and one-half years after the ruling, the homeless rates of sex offenders remained steady. Almost all the homeless sex offenders remained without a residence.
Why did sex offenders remain homeless? Some cities in California refused to loosen their housing restrictions. The state had to sue individual municipalities for them to follow the state court’s ruling. Another reason the sex offenders remained homeless was that many were not able to get appropriate jobs to pay for adequate housing.
With this many registered sex offenders in the area, how can you protect your children?
- Know where your children are at all times and who they are with.
- Teach children what is proper behavior and what is not appropriate.
- Trust your gut. If a person seems fishy, investigate. For example, if an adult has a lot of toys and games at his home and encourages groups of kids to hang out with him, this may be a red flag.
- Make sure your children’s activities have multiple adult chaperones. The Boy Scouts of America uses two-deep leadership. This means that no children can be entrusted with a single adult at any time. These rules are unwavering. Demand this practice for the organizations in which your children participate.
- Watch for warning signs of abuse from your children. If your child shows changes in behavior, sleep patterns, eating, or mood, these may be signs that something is wrong.
- Know the passwords for your children’s social media accounts. Periodically check their phones for texts or messages from individuals you don’t know.
- Know the statistics behind sexual abuse. Most of the time, strangers do not abuse children. Abuse usually occurs at the hand of someone your children knows and trusts. Talk to your children about these statistics.
Regardless of where you live, you are your children can be the victim of a sexual crime. Understand what you can do to prevent this from happening.