Iowa Department of Public Safety will now send real-time sex offender notifications

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Crime victims who want to know when a registered sex offender moves locations, or anyone who wants information on sex offenders moving into our out of their neighborhood can now register for real-time notifications through a new addition to the Iowa state sex offender registry website.

Under the new Offender Watch program, users will receive text, voice, or email notices each time a registered sex offender moves into or out of that area, or moves to a new location within that area.  Registered users can also set up a “watch” based on city, county, zip codes or specific sex offenders.

An email system has been set up for several years but as technology changes the state wants to change with it.

To sign up for Offender Watch or learn more about the Iowa Sex Offender registry go to