Who's Behind The Door Awaiting Trick-Or-Treaters?


With Halloween a day away, the Hernandez family, like so many others, is making sure each of their three kids are in the costumes they want.

"That would be perfect what do you think?" they ask their children. Finally each kid agreeing, "I want that one."

While costume safety is always a priority, what about safety when knocking on doors?

It comes down to the question, how well do you know your neighbors or the people in the neighborhood you go trick or treating in?

We went and asked parents as they were buying their kids costumes what their zip codes were and showed them the map.

"See that map right there, do you know what those little orange tabs are?"

"Sexual offenders," said Arthur Hernandez, Father of three.

He's right, each dot a registered sex offender living within walking distance. This dad knows how to steer clear using the sex offender registry, but others did not.

"Do you know what those orange tabs are?"

"No," said a mother with her two boys. When we point out the title to the web page, she replies, "That is kinda scary."

In Nebraska, registered sex offenders have no extra restrictions on Halloween. That means, if your child knocks on their door, they have every right to open up, even give out candy to your kids.

Checking the registry is important, but the Douglas County Sheriff's Department is doing their part too.

During the days leading up to Halloween, our Erin Murray went on a ride along with Deputy Gerald Madsen. This day he is specifically checking up on registered child sex offenders.

As he knocks on the door of one man, he greets him, then goes through the list of needed questions.

The home and the man both check out.

But it's a partnership. Madsen urges parents to know who's behind the door before their kids knock.

So before the masks go on, check online.

To find out whose is living in your area, click the link below.


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