KBI Advises A Check For Registered Offenders Before Halloween

TOPEKA – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) advises parents to perform a check for registered offenders in their neighborhoods, and areas their children plan to trick-or-treat, prior to Halloween festivities.

Parents and guardians can search online at www.kbi.ks.gov/registeredoffender to determine where registered offenders reside. The site allows searches within three miles of an address for registered sex offenders, drug offenders and other violent offenders. You can also perform searches by name, zip code and county, or sign up to receive alerts if an offender registers in your community.

The Kansas Offender Registration Act (KORA) does not prevent registered offenders from participating in any Halloween activity unless they are on parole or probation and it is specifically restricted. Registered offenders are able to pass out candy, decorate their houses, wear costumes, and attend any festival, party or parade. However, schools, churches, malls and other private properties may have their own stipulations prohibiting offender participation.

Approximately 11,000 offenders are registered in Kansas and live and work among our communities. While being aware of the offenders near your home, school or workplace is good practice, being mindful of your surroundings and remaining vigilant is equally as important.

The KBI offers these additional tips:

  • An adult should accompany children at all times, especially if trick-or-treating at unknown residences.
  • Children should not enter residences or structures of individuals unknown to them.
  • Teens and older children should stay in groups, and be instructed to check in frequently with a parent or guardian.
  • If out after dark, carry flashlights or wear reflective clothing.
  • Ensure candy is in its original packaging before allowing children to eat it.

Halloween should be an enjoyable time for families, though safety must also be a priority.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.