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Staying Safe on Halloween

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DOVER, Del.- Halloween is less than a week away and while parents are teaching their kids about safety, police are educating the public about a bigger threat -  registered sex offenders.         

Parents are already flocking to stores like Halloween City in Dover, and looking for that special costume for their children.

"He's going to be the Hulk guy from the Avengers and she's going to be a storybook witch," Principia Dardano of Dover said about her kids.

Delaware State Police will be keeping an eye out for registered sex offenders who could be breaking the law by participating in Halloween.  

"No, don't turn on your porch light. That's exactly how it should be," said Katherine Graden of Dover.

Graden, who was shopping with her two children, said she hopes all registered sex offenders do not break this law.

"I think that if you are a registered sex offender you've made a mistake in your life, and you have to go with those consequences, whether you want to participate in Halloween or not," said Graden.

Police say there is one way parents can find out if any exist in their neighborhood by searching the Delaware Sex Offender Central Registry.

The site allows the user to perform a neighborhood search by typing in a street name, city and zip code. The results will show how many registered sex offenders are in the area, and how much of a risk they are.

While police said they will be on the job, many parents say there are other things to watch out for to keep kids safe.

"I just tell them to make sure they stay on the sidewalk. Never to eat your candy while trick or treating, always wait until you get home," said Dardano.

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