As Halloween approaches, parents should be aware of the various resources that exist to help keep kids safe from predators while trick or treating.
One way parents can feel safer before heading out next Wednesday is to know which houses to avoid. Each county’s sex and violent offender registry can be accessed online. The database contains information provided by law enforcement agencies all across the country.
The tool allows you to enter in an address, that can be your own residence or someplace you’ll be trick or treating near, such as a school or government building. It then provides a list of offenders in the area as well as details like a picture, full names, descriptions and specific offenses.
However, it’s important to note that registered sex offenders are informed that they’re not permitted to participate in this youth-oriented activity.
For more than a decade the Indiana Department of Corrections has participated in a state-wide initiative called ‘Operation Safe Halloween” as a way to monitor sex offenders and keep them off community streets during the holiday.
IDOC officials report that each year, staff members in the Parole Services Division work with local law enforcement, probation and community corrections agencies to ensure full compliance and accountability.
On October 31st, paroled sex offenders in each of the state’s ten parole districts must adhere to a special curfew and restrictions during scheduled trick or treat hours.
The offenders are required to attend a mandatory meeting, turn in a safety plan for the evening or remain at home without passing out candy. All sex offenders are also subject to unannounced home visits and compliance checks.
To access the registry for sexual and violent offenders, click the link provided above or just visit icrimewatch.net/indiana.