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Are there sex offenders in your neighborhood? Use this map before trick-or-treating this Halloween

Posted: 4:59 PM, Oct 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-18 17:18:25Z

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Halloween is rapidly approaching, which means thousands of Southwest Florida children will be going door to door asking for candy. But do you really know who the stranger is behind the door your child is knocking on?

Although many law enforcement agencies encourage registered sex offenders to leave their lights off and not decorate for the popular holiday, no certainties that they will listen. 

Florida has more than 74,000 sex offenders and sex predators who were convicted of sex crimes in its statewide database.

Sex offenders are required to register their permanent address with law enforcement. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement maintains a database with this information.

Many of them continue to live among us after serving time.
 

County 2018 Offenders 2017 Offenders

Lee

883 818
Collier 284 278
Charlotte 239 242
DeSoto 85 89
Glades 25 27
Hendry 23 26

 

All parents can view this interactive map to see where any registered sex offenders might be in their neighborhood, or where their children plan on trick-or-treating.