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Interactive maps let you check for sex offenders before trick-or-treating

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Posted at 12:00 PM, Oct 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-31 08:02:38-04

(WTXL) - Trick-or-treating on Halloween brings fun and copious amounts of candy to families all over Florida, however, you should be aware of any sex offenders in your area before going out.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement keeps track of sexual offenders and predators. 

They offer maps where you can search your neighborhood or university for sexual predators in the area. You can access those maps here.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office is letting advising parents to visit the FLDE's sex offender website to sign up for alerts, which means parents can get an alert when a sex offender moves into their neighborhood or within close range. 

The Florida Department of Corrections takes extra precautions to make sure sex offenders do not take part in Halloween-related activities involving kids and minors. They are given strict rules to follow on Halloween night.

They cannot give out candy or other treats, their porch lights must be off with blinds closed, outside decorations are forbidden, they cannot answer the door to trick or treaters or dress in costumes or masks, and they cannot have Halloween parties where children will be present.

LCSO shared additional tips to avoid sexual predators on Halloween. You can view that video here