MAP: Before trick or treat, check for sex offenders in your neighborhood

MAP: Before trick or treat, check for sex offenders in your neighborhood

According to state law, registered sex offenders are allowed to participate in Halloween activities unless he or she is on probation or parole.

There are 388 convicted sex offenders listed on the registry in Rankin County, but those numbers are deceiving.

Not all responsibility falls on local sheriff's departments because not all sex offenders follow the law and register.

If you'd like to know if a sex offender lives in your neighborhood, the Missouri Highway Patrol has a map of them. Some parents share concerns that their child might be knocking on the door of a sex offender. They also advise parents to check the sex offender registry before they head out.

Deputy John Kjendalen is one of two sex offender registration officers.

The website for the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office is www.slpsheriff.com then click on the "Search For Sex Offenders" under the "How do I tab". As part of the department's Halloween Safety Initiative this year, safety flyers and registration cards were sent to all elementary students, and also students in the Greensburg Jr.

As kids across East Tennessee get ready for Halloween, there are some steps parents can take to make sure the homes they are going to are safe. Many sex offenders, including those on probation or parole, are prohibited from displaying decorations outside their homes that would draw children to their doors. James Craigmyle of the Greene County Sheriff's Office. "Make sure you just go ahead and just check and find out is there anyone in the neighborhood that you need to be concerned with", Irwin said.

Tuesday night is a big night for your children as they dress up in Halloween costumes and hit the streets to trick or treat.

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