Tips to avoid sex offenders on Halloween

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Halloween is almost here, and there's still time to plan your trick-or-treat route. Several police departments are warning parents about the homes to avoid and encouraging parents to check the sex offender registry before their kids go out to trick-or-treat.

The website icrimewatch.com gives an overview of convicted violent and sex offenders in your area. All you have to do is select your county and put your address in. Once you hit search, you will see dots that represent offenders pop up on your screen.

You can click the dots to find out more information about the offender, including crimes they committed. Law enforcement suggests checking this website periodically throughout the year, not just on Halloween.

There are also mandatory meetings in some counties throughout central Indiana that require sex offenders to attend on Halloween during trick-or-treat hours.

In Marion County, it's called Operation Halloween. This will be the 16th year for it. The mandatory meeting is for all sex offenders under probation supervision orders by Marion County who have no-contact orders with children. The meeting is Oct. 31 from 6-8:45 p.m. Last year, 144 sex offenders attended this meeting and this year, they expect about 240 sex offenders to attend.

Eyewitness News also reached out to several other sheriff's departments in central Indiana to find out if they have mandatory sex offender meetings on Halloween.

Here are the counties that do not have mandatory meetings for sex offenders:

  • Tippecanoe
  • Brown
  • Hamilton
  • Johnson
  • Tipton
  • Delaware
  • Howard (only those on parole)

The Grant Sheriff's Office told Eyewitness New they plan to post links to the sex offender registry on its Facebook page to help parents plan a safe route.

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