HOUSTON — If you’re taking your kiddos trick-or-treating Wednesday night, there’s an easy way to check for sex offenders in your neighborhood.
Just go to the Texas Public Sex Offender Registry, click on “search registry” and type in your address. A map will pop up showing registered sex offenders in your neighborhood, along with their risk rating.
You can also check on the free DPS mobile app.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is also urging drivers to be extra careful on Halloween.
“DPS is reminding drivers to slow down and avoid distractions this Halloween as trick-or-treaters of various ages will be out celebrating. It is especially important for motorists to watch for children who may unexpectedly dart into the roadway without checking for oncoming traffic,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Parents are also urged to take simple but important precautions to help keep their children safe if they plan to participate in Halloween festivities.”
Texans are also reminded of these important Halloween safety tips for trick-or-treaters:
- Always monitor weather forecasts before heading out and make plans accordingly.
- Look both ways before crossing roadways, and always walk, don’t run.
- Cross the roadway at intersections and crosswalks.
- Travel in groups with adult supervision and in neighborhoods you are familiar with.
- Carry a flashlight or glow sticks.
- Do not enter the cars or homes of strangers, and avoid homes with porch lights turned off.
- Make sure children know their home phone number and how to call 911 or their local emergency number in case they have an emergency or become lost.
- Take all treats home for an adult to inspect before eating anything, and never eat candy obtained without a wrapper.