Check your local sex offender registry before going trick-or-treating


COLUMBUS, Ohio (10TV) -- Police say there are two things every parent should do before letting their kids go out to trick-or-treat: check your area sex offender registry. With thousands of kids running from house to house, police say it's important parents know if sex offenders who are required to register are living where they are or if they're on the lam.

In Franklin County, there are 1,673 registered sex offenders with the county sheriff's office, with 68 of them non-compliant, meaning they have failed to notify authorities of a change in address or verified where they currently live. On the site, you can search for offenders by name, address, city phone number and email. Once the map populates, you can click on each icon to see more details about each sex offender.

On Halloween night, police say parents should have a sex offender app downloaded onto their phone. Many of the apps are free. The apps will spot your location as you are walking the neighborhood and show you where the registered sex offenders live in relation to your location. If you click on the icons, you can see the same information as provided by the sheriff’s office, including a photo of the sex offender.