Parents Told to Search Local Sex Offender Databases Prior to Halloween

Search Local Sex Offender Databases

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.

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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.

FDLE Makes It Easy To Check For Sex Offenders

There is a tool made available by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to check for sex offenders in the area.

Checking for sex predators has never been easier, just visit the FDLE’s neighborhood search website. All you have to do is check an address and the results will show in a list or map revealing anyone nearby who has been convicted of a sex crime.

Once you have the list of names, you are not left worrying about faceless convicted criminals who could be anyone. Each person will have their photo, status, and summery of their conviction.

Additional Efforts for Safety:

HCSO Maj. Chad Chronister stated that “There will be no Halloween for the 132 sex predators.” He explained that there over 2,000 sex offenders in Hillsborough County 132 of them are sex predators. Sex predators are more serious sexual offenders, such as those who have been convicted of crimes against children and teenagers.

Local deputies have been going to door to door to make it clear to known sexual predators that they are not permitted to participate in trick or treating. Parents can do their part in advance, but the offenders will know as well.

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Campuses Included In Sex Offenders Search

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Campuses Included In Sex Offenders Search

For nearly twenty years, every state has been required to provide its residents with a database of registered sex offenders that is available for public access. Thanks to new legislation, a sex offender search in Florida will also include information on those registered offenders who in attendance at, or employed by, public and private universities and colleges.

While collecting information on sex offenders at colleges has always been a task performed by officials, that information has not always been provided for public access. Despite the opinion of some that such readily available information has little effect, the legislation has been received largely with approval. Both makers and enforcers of law are firm in the belief that it is important to know of the presence of offenders on campus. The fact of sex offenders in institutes of higher learning may be nothing new, but now students and parents can actively seek information about potential risks on campus with the sex offenders search.

English: Grove City College campus during the ...
English: Grove City College campus during the springtime. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Under Florida law, those who have been convicted of sex crimes are required to register. The classification can be either as an offender, if the conviction was on a lesser charge, or as a predator, if the conviction was for a life, capital, or first degree felony. The website then makes the charges, along with the offender’s name, present address, and photo, available for public knowledge. When an offender moves or decides to volunteer, enroll, or work at a university or college, the local sheriff is notified and passes the information to the state as well as the applicable college.

An old saying says that to be forewarned is to be forearmed, and this availability of knowledge can let students prepare themselves. With a sex offender search making this information obtainable by staff and students, campuses can be safer places.

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