Ashley Austrew

Ashley is a freelance journalist and writer. Her work has been published by Cosmopolitan, Scholastic,, Scary Mommy, and many other outlets. She lives with her family in Omaha, Nebraska.

The 5 Best Apps and Websites To Help You Find Safe Neighborhoods

There are so many things to consider when you’re looking for a new place to live — things like proximity to work, the quality of the local schools, amenities like shopping and entertainment and most importantly, safety. Social networking apps like NextDoor and Neighbors can help you stay in-the-know about crime in your are after …

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Family Watchdog

Family Watchdog Review

Family Watchdog is a free service that allows people to easily map registered sex offenders living in their area. Even though sex offender registries exist, some people may not be aware of the offenders living in their area. By entering an address or the name of a school or day care, users can view a map …

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SpotCrime map

SpotCrime Review is a free app and website that aggregates data from police agencies, local news, and user reports to create neighborhood-specific crime lists and maps. SpotCrime shows incidents of theft, shooting, burglary, assault, vandalism, and arrest. Users may also sign up to receive crime alerts for their area via email, Facebook, Twitter, SMS or RSS. …

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