It's better to know where people are. If you start taking away the only place that homeless people have because of their criminal record, they will go underground. That does not serve public safety.
Globeville residents are up in arms after discovering that nearly 100 registered sex offenders are listing a nearby homeless shelter as their address.
The large concentration of men with myriad sex crimes on their records is only half of their worry.
Another 62 men the registry identifies as "whereabouts unknown" listed the Salvation Army Crossroads Shelter as their home.
The city's online registry is driving some of the fear.
Police said the number of unaccounted registered sex offenders from the shelter just north of downtown is cumulative and that about 15 are currently missing.
But the damage is done.
"We're concerned about where everybody is located," said Paulette Hirsh, president of the Globeville Civic Association No. 1.
"We have a whole bunch that are supposed to be registered there," but their whereabouts are unknown, she said.
Salvation Army Major Neal Hogan is also disputing the number of registered sex offenders that the city's registry identifies as currently living at the shelter, 1901 29th St., though police insist that number is accurate.
"Every time we have reviewed our numbers, we only have at any one time between 30 and 40," Hogan said. "Currently, we only have 30 registered sex offenders."
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