LANE COUNTY, Ore -- Avoiding sex offenders is on the minds of parents Tuesday as their kids go trick-or-treating.
Although it's not a law here, in some places, registered sex offenders must keep their homes completely dark to discourage kids from approaching their front door.
KEZI 9 News picked a random address in Springfield and did a search to see how many registered offenders there are within a mile radius: a total of five convicted sexual predators.
Springfield police said it's important to use common sense.
"I think you really have to, in the interest of being more comprehensive with safety, emphasize with kids that sort of stranger beware aspect of child safety," Lieutenant Scott McKee said.
Lt. McKee said one of the biggest issues is that sometimes, registered sex offenders aren't living in the homes that they say they are, making it harder to know what homes are and are not safe.
The best thing you can do is to trick-or-treat in your neighborhood.
If you go outside an area that you're familiar with, that's when you run a greater risk of knocking on the wrong doors.
If you are interested in finding if there are registered sexual predators near you, you can visit sexoffenders.oregon.gov.
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