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Warning signs: Know what to look for to keep your neighborhood safe

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Updated: 5/10/2013 6:20 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After three missing women were rescued in Ohio after almost a decade of captivity, neighbors now wonder how they could've missed signs that could have potentially freed the women sooner.

Ann Dugger, executive director of the Justice Coalition, helps dozens of families of missing persons.

"You feel the hurt, you feel the pain, how traumatic this is to this family, and there is nothing in this world that I can do to make that pain go away," said Dugger.

According to Dugger, in many cases the predator could be someone who is considered normal or friendly.

"Many times we become settled, where we live, where we work, where we play, where we worship, that we think nothing can happen happen, but that's where it can happen," said Dugger.

According to Melissa Bujeda with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, knowing what to look for is as simple as trusting your gut.

"Call police. We'd rather go and it be absolutely nothing, than go and you never know it might be the call that leads to something else," Bujeda said.

Being armed with information is ultimately your best weapon to make sure your neighborhood is safe.

"Find out the name and go to the FDLE website. Put that name in, find out, are they a sex offender? Are they a registered sexual predator? And just because they're not listed on that list does not mean that they're a good person," said Dugger.

If you see something suspicious in your neighborhood, you can call Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 1-866-845-TIPS.
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