DUPAGE COUNTY - There are more than 400 registered sex offenders in DuPage County, and the sheriff's office wants residents to know which houses their children should avoid when trick-or-treating on Halloween.
"If you are going trick-or-treating, visit our website to see whose door you don’t want to knock on," Sheriff James Mendrick said in a statement.
These are the two things parents should do before Halloween:
- Search for sex offenders on www.dupagesheriff.org/sexoffenders
- Download the free ‘OffenderWatch’ app from the Apple Store or Google Play. The app allows parents to find sex offenders near them, track their children while they're trick-or-treating, and receive updates from law enforcement.
"Parents should search for offenders on their trick-or-treat route, and near any addresses where their children spend time. The search and maps on the website pinpoints where offenders live," Mendrick said. "If you aren’t planning on trick-or-treating in your neighborhood, but will be in a family or friend’s neighborhood, search their address beforehand so you know which houses to avoid."
For further information, residents are urged to contact the DuPage County Sheriff's Office at 630-407-2000.