Most of you probably have a friend like mine, someone who forward you every joke, video and picture they find amusing to their friends list. Sometimes humorous, I still look through all of the emails. Buried in the daily offering was the following link for a site called FelonSpy that I found somewhat fascinating. It was kind of like a reality TV show; insipid, but just different enough I had to check it out.

First thing I have to mention is that the data is bogus. Click the ‘Search’ button a few times in a row with the same address and you will see that the graphs are random. I have felons appearing and then disappearing on raw BLM land down the road from me. And if you change the address often enough, you will see the same names and crimes appear over and over in different states. Whatever the real case is, this explanation is bull$!^#, and makes me believe that the entire site is bogus.

Still, if the data was real, do you think this is a valuable tool? Would it help you with safety and security?

Being someone who had a recent event that has changed my approach to personal safety, this sort of thing is on my mind. Part of me thinks that this type of education helps people plan ahead and react to threats around them. But once it became obvious the data was bogus, I started thinking about people I knew in my area that had criminal backgrounds; the startling discovery that half of the people I know who have criminal backgrounds are some of the nicest and most trustworthy people I know in the area! Some I don’t trust, most I do, which is a slightly better percentage than when I meet random strangers in public. It seems to me this type of technology blindly creates a virtual scarlet letter of sorts, and is an unreliable indicator of good or bad. It probably does not help anyone be more secure- instead listing events that feed paranoia and fear, but still inadequate to make any sort of valid assessment.