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Rules for sex offenders on Halloween

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

In Dubuque County there are over 100 registered sex offenders. In Black Hawk County that number more than doubles.

With Halloween just a few days away, law enforcement wants to make sure all kids are safe.

There isn't a specific law here in Iowa about sex offender rules on Halloween, but Dubuque police say parents should only take their kids trick-or-treating to homes they're familiar with.

That's exactly what Stephanie Ludovissy plans to do with her four kids. "Probably go into grandma and grandpa's neighborhood and do the traditional trick-or treating," she said.

But Stephanie is also talking to them about how to stay safe. "Unfortunately it's everyday that we have to teach our kids about the dangers of strangers.  You can't trust everyone unfortunately," she added.

While some states like Missouri have strict laws regarding sex offenders on Halloween, police here say they won't be doing anything differently. They already do frequent home checks throughout the year.

Still, they encourage parents to check neighborhoods on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry website.

"I have looked at it before, just to see what's in my neighborhood, just to kinda know the houses, where my son can go and cannot go," said parent Holly Andresen.

Authorities say the safest option is to keep a close eye on your kids and again check the sex offender registry website ahead of time.

They point out just because sex offenders might live in the neighborhood, doesn't mean they can't drive elsewhere. They urge parents to use their best judgement.

You can look-up where sex offenders reside at: http://www.iowasexoffender.com/

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