Map information comes from the Illinois Sex Offender Registry
As your kids get ready to head out on Halloween, it's always a good idea to take safety precautions. Patch put together a map of the registered sex offenders living your area.
In 2005 a law was passed that bars sex offenders who are still under supervision from taking part in holidays geared toward children, including Halloween. They are often advised to turn off their porch lights and to not answer the door.
Oak Lawn (red flags on the map) currently has 26 registered sex offenders, which has decreased from 31 this same time period last year. Of the registrants, two are incarcerated in the Illinois Department of Corrections, three have moved out of Oak Lawn.
Alsip has eight (blue flags on the map) and Burbank (yellow flags on the map) has ten registered sex offenders for a total of 44.
Scroll over the pinpoints to see the addresses and click on the pinpoints to view the charges the offender was convicted of. You can search the registry directly.
- Registered sex offenders are not allowed to distribute candy to children; however, the law does give leeway to sex offenders who are parents or legal guardians of children under age 18 living in the home.
- Registered sex offenders are prohibited from leaving their homes in costume because Halloween it is geared toward children. Sex offenders are also banned from dressing as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.
- Registered sex offenders often are advised by police to keep porch lights turned off to avoid attracting children on Halloween and to not answer the door.
- Sex offenders are ordered to report to their respective districts where they will view a 20-minute, educational video detailing their responsibilities and requirements under the law, such as not living with 500 feet of a school, no social networking, and regularly updating their home address.