By: Katie Jones
Parents, a heads up for Halloween, Iowa sex offenders could be lurking in your neighborhoods. But, technology can help keep your kids safe. Right now there are more than 300 registered sex offenders in Scott County alone, and Detectives said you can make sure your kids steer clear with just the click of a mouse.
When it comes to sex offenders and holidays, Detective Peter Bawden said it's easy to be tricked. "They are allowed to decorate and they are allowed to hand out candy. There's nothing in state–code that has anything that would make that illegal." Detective Bawden said.
You can learn which houses to avoid by logging on to IowaSexOffender.com you have access to names, addresses, and pictures of every registered predator in the state.
"You can print off this information, and even register for alerts if someone moves into your neighborhood." Detective Bawden said.
With all the hustle and bustle of Halloween excitement, Detective Bawden said it's easy for kids to get distracted and wander off so make sure they have a plan. Only trick or treat at friends and neighbors homes and have them come in before the sun goes down. He says most importantly, there's safety in numbers.
"Most predators will not choose a child that has an adult supervisor. Go with your kids or have an adult go with your kids," Detective Bawden said.
There's also a nationwide smart phone app called Alert I-D to let you know who is in an around your neighborhood. You can find the link to Alert I-D, just click on popular links.