ROCKFORD (WIFR) – While thousands of kids in the Stateline will be going door-to-door on Friday for Halloween, Rockford Police will be on watch for the more than 450 registered sex offenders living in the city.
Between 4-8 p.m. tomorrow night, kids all over the Stateline will be out and about in their costumes but before you begin your holiday trek, police say it would be a good idea to plan ahead.
Rockford Police say to check out online resources to see where nearby sex offenders are located.
Child sex offenders are not allowed to decorated their homes or pass out candy on Halloween, or participate in any holiday event involving kids under 18. Police ask that all children are paired with a parent or guardian and this is all just as a precaution. Police say that typically this is not a problem.
“We’re not indicating that these sex offenders are at any risk to anyone at this time, but it’s just documents that their past behaviors which led them to be on the sex offender list so because of that, they have restrictions and we want the public to be aware of that,” said Rockford Assistant Deputy Chief Pay Hoey.
Police ask that if you see a registered sex offender on Friday night either passing out treats or with their houses decorated, to call your local law enforcement.