People living in a neighborhood south of Loop 410 in the Vance Jackson area expressed concern Monday over what they say is a disproportionate amount of sex offenders living in their area.
In an email, one woman, who asked not to be named, called the offenders a risk to the community, due to the large amount of schoolchildren who walk the streets every day.
A search of the Department of Public Safety’s database backed up her claims.
More than 30 registered sex offenders live within a mile of West Avenue Elementary school.
That also puts them nearby other schools in the area, such as Robert E. Lee High School and Arnold Elementary.
“What we would say to parents is (to) go to the DPS website and find out where the sex offenders living near you are,” said San Antonio police Officer Matt Porter. “Then you can make a plan.”
If kids don’t have a pick-up/drop-off service, or if parents aren’t able to pick them up, make sure they walk home in a group or with adult supervision, Porter suggested.
It is legal for registered sex offenders to live in school zones, as long as they are 500 feet away from the actual school property.
If concerns persist, Porter suggested contacting your local substation and asking to speak with one of its SAFFE officers for advice.