On Tuesday, November 18th, law enforcement officers from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force, Mountain View Police Department and other area law enforcement agencies conducted sex registrant compliance checks throughout the City of Mountain View resulting in a total of 48 visits and the arrest of two subjects unrelated, non-sex offenders who happened to be at the location during our visit.
It is important our community understand the objectives of the SAFE Task Force, sex registrant laws, and privacy concerns. We also want to provide you with safety tips to keep yourself and family safe.
The SAFE Task Force is a team of local, state and federal law enforcement officials dedicated to proactively preventing sexual assault crimes and keeping convicted sexual assault offenders off the streets of Santa Clara County. The objectives of the SAFE Task Force are to monitor sex offenders who have a high propensity to commit another sexual assault crime, identify and apprehend sexual predators and track convicted predators in the Megan’s Law database, assist other law enforcement agencies with sexual assault investigations, and to educate the community to recognize predatory behavior and know where to seek help.
Sex registrant laws requirements are many but basically, persons convicted of specified sex crimes are required to register as a sex offender with a local law enforcement agency, update their information annually (transients registrants are required to register every 30 days), and any residence changes must be updated within 5 days. It should be noted that not every registered sex offender will appear on the Megan’s Law database. Public disclosure is based on the type of sex crime for which the person is required to register. Detailed information about the specific laws, exclusions and non-disclosures can be found here.
Our children sadly are often the victims of sexual predators but there are several things you can do to help safeguard your children. Communication is the most important way to keep them safe and goes well beyond simply not talking to strangers. Have conversations about unacceptable behavior and situations, such as what touches are good and what are bad. Also don’t let anyone take your child’s picture without your consent, teach your children to stay away from people who call them to their car, if someone tries to take your child, teach them to yell, “This is not my father (or mother),” and lastly, especially with the holidays upon us, if they get lost in store, teach your child to find another mom with children or go to the checkout counter rather than wander on their own.
Personal safety starts with awareness and knowing when to call for help. Trust your instincts; if you feel like something’s wrong, you’re probably right. At home ensure you have effective locks on doors and windows and USE them. Try to stay in well-lit areas when walking and if possible travel with a friend. Have your keys in your hand, ready to unlock your vehicle and park in well-lit areas.
Your safety is our priority and we encourage you to report any suspicious behavior; if you see something, say something. Our non-emergency number is 650-903-6395. In an emergency dial 911.