The state is urging parents to check the state’s sex offender registry in advance of Halloween to ensure their children are kept out of harm’s way. The state says it will closely monitor New York’s 34,729 registered sex offenders, Gannett’s Haley Viccaro reports.
Information about sex offenders in local communities can be found on Facebook using the Sex Offender Locator Application, according to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).
The application was created last October for the public to view the information more easily online. The Sex Offender Registry includes information about medium- and high-risk sex offenders along with their address.
“The Facebook application gives parents another tool to learn where sex offenders live so they can ensure their children steer clear from those locations and stay safe,” said Elizabeth Glazer, the state’s secretary for public safety.
There are nearly 35,000 registered sex offenders in New York, with 13,195 Level 1 offenders; 12,270 Level 2 offenders; 8,554 Level 3 offenders; and 710 offenders whose risk level is pending.
Other than the website and Facebook application, people can receive alerts about sex offender relocations in their area via e-mail, text or phone.
The Facebook application can be found on the state’s Public Safety page: www.facebook.com/nyspublicsafety.
The Sex Offender Registry can be found on the DCJS website: www.criminaljustice.ny.gov.