La Porte County Sheriffs are urging parents to do an online sex offender database search prior to trick-or-treat night in their community this Halloween. Registered sex offenders in their immediate area should be avoided on Halloween is the suggestion being given to parents on this annual night out for kids.
The online service is free provided by the sheriffs office and parents not in the county can do sex offender searches on national databases or a site within their state to find the location of sex offenders. According to the police in La Porte County, there are 190 sex offenders in the county with 52 offenders against children and 46 violent predators. That’s enough to scare any parent.
Sheriff Major John Boyd feels that his department does an excellent job of keeping the offender database up-to-date with current registered offender addresses. He stresses that over 50% of sex offenses happen within one mile of a victim’s home and 75% of victims know their offender.
Keep your kids safe this trick-or-treat season by visiting the LaPorteCountySheriff.com website and running the OffenderWatch system for your area.