CRYSTAL LAKE – This Halloween the Crystal Lake Police Department will make visits to all of the city’s registered sex offenders.
The police department announced that officers will conduct sex offender address verification compliance checks on all Crystal Lake sex offenders to ensure they are living at their registered address.
There are 24 registered sex offenders in Crystal Lake, including 19 adults and five juveniles.
Parents who wish to avoid these homes while their children are trick-or-treating are encouraged to visit the Crystal Lake Police Department’s website at www.communitynotification.com/il/crystallakepd or visit the Illinois State Police sex offender registry at www.isp.state.il.us/sor, said Crystal Lake Deputy Chief Derek Hyrkas.
Juvenile sex offenders are not publicly listed.
Under Illinois state law, registered child sex offenders are prohibited from distributing candy or other items during Halloween.
“We’ve been doing this the last three or four years,” Hyrkas said. “The state mandates that we do checks once a year, but we do between two and four a year.”
Hyrkas said while the police do these “knock and talks” throughout the year, the compliance checks on Halloween are especially important because of the number of children walking the neighborhoods.
“The kids are out in greater force than they normally are,” Hyrkas said. “It’s a way to formally let parents know that we have sex offenders in our community, and to let the sex offenders know that they aren’t allowed to be handing out candy.”
Hyrkas said the number of sex offenders in Crystal Lake fluctuates, but he said 24 is “about average” for the city. The address checks are a “proactive” measure, and there haven’t been any incidents involving children coming in contact with sex offenders on Halloween in recent memory, Hyrkas said.