Media Release from the Allen County Sheriff Matt Treglia"
Before Halloween, Families Should Check Sex Offender Registry and Register for Free Email Alerts Through OffenderWatch
In Allen County, there are approximately 280 registered sex offenders, and the Sheriff’s Office wants the community to know where they reside so they can choose to avoid those houses when trick-or-treating.
“We do the best we can in making sure sex offenders live where they tell us, so it is crucial that our citizens visit our website to see who the registered sex offenders are and where they are living,” says Sheriff Treglia. Citizens are encouraged to check any addresses where they or their family’s spend time. Sheriff Treglia says “The mapping and address feature found on the website pinpoints exactly where an offender lives.”
Community members will also find many other beneficial tools online, such as the ability to sign up for free automated email notifications informing if an offender moves into their neighborhood or around another address. “If you aren’t planning on trick-or-treating in your neighborhood, but will be in a family or friend’s neighborhood, register their address beforehand so you know which houses to avoid,” says Sheriff Treglia
The alerts are in real-time and sent out via email as soon as a new offender has registered with the Allen County Sheriff’s Office.
Search for sex offenders and sign up for email alerts on the Allen County website: www.acso-oh.us and click on the sex offender tab.
Sheriff Treglia encourages everyone to have a fun and safe Halloween. Knowledge is power, and knowing where registered sex offenders reside can help citizens make safer decisions when trick-or-treating.