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Beware of Halloween Stranger Danger, Know Your Local Sex Offender Registry

Do you know if there's a sex offender in your area? It's really simple to find out. Just go to your county's online registry, fill in some information, and you can see how many there are -- up to five miles away or as close as 1000 feet from your front door.

Posted: Oct 30, 2021 5:20 PM
Updated: Oct 30, 2021 5:30 PM

Halloween is nearly here.

Soon thousands of Tri-State children will flock to the streets for their fill of candy and frights, but while costumes monsters and villains are out in good fun, there's a fear real predators might be lurking in the shadows.

"You don't know what situation you're going to be faced with, which can be scary," Trish Crawford said."You don't know who you're going to run into when you go to someone's door. My son is five now but I think even as, this day and age as the world is progressing, I don't know if even when he becomes a teenager, it would be safe, I don't know if I would allow that."

Children are particularly vulnerable to sex offenders, and there's a lot of them -- nearly 400 in Vanderburgh County alone.

While there are restrictions to where they can live, in Vanderburgh County, the sheriff's office said they can still legally be around children.

"There are no local rules against a sex offender handing out candy so just use some good common sense," Major Jason Ashworth with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office said. "Make sure your kids are supervised, a lot of times kids don't understand, they aren't able to apply common sense at young ages."

Local enforcement steps up patrol on Halloween, keeping a watchful eye on trick-or-treaters, but Ashworth said it's just as important for parents to ensure their kids are taking necessary precautions.

Because we all want to see these little goblins come home -- bag full of candy in tow.

"Make sure you're illuminated, make sure that your kids, their costumes fit appropriately," he said. "Don't go inside anyone's home -- especially a stranger -- and if the house is not illuminated and it appears no one is home, just stay away."

Do you know if there's a sex offender in your area?

It's really simple to find out. Just go to your county's online registry, fill in some information, and you can see how many there are -- up to five miles away or as close as 1000 feet from your front door.

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