CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) – A suggestion from the St. Louis County police chief: before you take your kids out for trick-or-treating tonight, check where the registered sex offenders in your neighborhood live.

Chief Tim Fitch says the process is simple, all you have to do is go to the Missouri Highway Patrol’s sex offender online registry.

“You can put in your address and see who’s around you. You can spread it out by distance, whether it be 500 feet or a mile or five miles or whatever and you can pull up a map to see where these sex offenders live and photographs of them and that type of thing,” the chief explained.

Fitch says the nearly 1,100 sex offenders in the county have to stay in tonight, leave their porch lights off, and post a sign saying the residence is not offering candy.

County police officers will be patrolling the homes to ensure offenders comply.

“We notify all of our precincts where their offenders live and then we require that they go by these residential areas to verify that they’re in compliance,” Fitch added.


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