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Sex Offenders on Halloween

Steering Clear of Sexual Predators on Halloween

Halloween is supposed to be a spooky fun holiday for kids to indulge in freaky activities and gather sugary goodies. The fright night gives parents enough issues to fret about — fire hazards, getting lost, candy and street safety to name a few. I'm also concerned about predators. It's the perfect time for offenders to steal a glance at unsuspecting children.

Some states require registered sex offenders turn off their porch lights and place a sign in the window saying, "No candy or treats at this residence." To trick-or-treat on the safe side, I looked up the homes of registered sex offenders on Family Watchdog. Just type in the zip code where you plan on trick-or-treating and see which houses your family should avoid.

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Greggie Greggie 8 years
Ours doesn't show place of work for our area. I'm guessing California also doesn't have a law about them not living within a certain range of schools, either. There's like 5 within a block of my husband's school, which makes me very sad.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I like that you can see where they work also, will be avoiding those businesses.
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 8 years
This is very informative and helpful
anniekim anniekim 8 years
Thanks for this. Happy to find no red squares on our planned route.
Moms Moms 8 years
This is also a useful tool if you are moving! Thanks - babysugar.
itownsend itownsend 8 years
Thanks for posting this. I've already checked it out!
amerikanbeanhead amerikanbeanhead 8 years
In my town they have Pretty much every cop on the force driving around everywhere and patroling everything. There are about 90,000 people in my town so thats a lot of area to cover lol
letsgetloud21 letsgetloud21 8 years
I actually already went on this site,my local news was talking about it the other day, I am so freaked out to know that sex offenders live so close to my house. :SCARED: thanks for posting this. the scary thing is what if people don't visit this website and go to the houses,how are the police going to know that they were participating? :? I really don't know too much about it
Dbtabm Dbtabm 8 years
Family Watchdog is a reliable site. It's often cited on newscasts. Fortunately we live close to a school and a playground so we have a buffer zone.
amerikanbeanhead amerikanbeanhead 8 years
In California you can go to http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/ Its the government listing of the sex offenders I always take my little sisters trick or treating and I may seem totally paranoid but I always stand like 4 steps behind them. Most people in my neighboorhood stand on the sidewalk. I would rather be safe than sorry, is my opinion
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
wow thanks so much for posting this! I found about 3 a few blocks from the house and 1 where my daughter gets dropped off from school.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
It's not a google map website. FamilyWatchdog, from what I've seen, is a highly reputable site.
HLHArts HLHArts 8 years
Has there been any research on this being a legitimate, proven site? A few months ago everyone was making a huge deal about another website that did the same thing, and it turned out to be a complete fake. Although I very much want to keep kids away from offenders, I also don't want innocent people being labeled because some Google map said so.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
And I agree on thank you for posting this, it's incredibly important information.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I keep hearing people say they won't trick or treat because you don't know who you might run into, and I think this site is wonderful to help out with that. I personally am more comfortable with stuff like this and checking before TorTing than I am with going to something like a church/community gathering where anyone can show up.
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
Thanks for posting this! I just found out there's one about two blocks from my house. Yeah, won't be trick or treating at THAT place.
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