Halloween Safety: There's An App For That

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It's an annual tradition at Knickerbocker Elementary School in Watertown - students get dressed in costume for a Halloween parade.

As the kids count down the days until they can chow down on candy, parents worry about the danger of the night.

There are a lot of do's and don'ts for parents on Halloween.

In addition to making sure costumes are safe and candy is inspected, police want to add another item to the list before kids go trick or treating.

"I would recommend the parents get on the Sex Offender Registry and see locally what they have in their village, or where they plan to trick or treat as far as sex offenders and avoid those areas," said Jefferson County Undersheriff Andrew Neff.

Thanks to a new Facebook app, finding out who is on the Sex Offender Registry is even easier.

The entire state sex offender list is on the app, allowing users to search zip codes, counties and names of all registered sex offenders.

It's a vital tool for parents as kids go to strangers' doors.

"This is a way they can look at the area in which they're trick or treating with their kids, with their friends, and say, 'Is there someone here that I don't know, that maybe I should be aware of where my kids are going,'" said Risa Sugarman, director of the Office of Sex Offender Management.

Officials say there are 150 new people added to the list each month, making the app that more more important and making it popular.

Facebook Sex Offender Registry

Friday, September 19, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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