New sex offender tool online
In Niagara County, there are approximately 498 registered sex offenders. The Niagara County Sheriff's Office wants residents to know where they reside, so children can avoid their houses when trick-or-treating.
"We do the best we can in making sure sex offenders live where they tell us, so it is crucial that our citizens visit our website, www.niagarasheriff.com, ,to see who the registered sex offenders are, and where they are living," Sheriff James R. Voutour said.
Citizens are encouraged to check any addresses where they or their family spend time.
"The mapping and address feature found on the website will help you locate where offenders are living," Voutour said.
Residents will find other beneficial tools, such as the ability to sign up for free, automatic email notifications informing them if an offender moves within a specified radius of any address they register.
"If you aren't planning on trick-or-treating in your neighborhood, but will be in a family or friend's neighborhood, register their address beforehand, so you know which houses to avoid," Voutour said. "You can register any and all addresses where your children spend a lot of time. For example, a friend's, grandparent's or baby sitter's addresses."
These alerts are in real-time and sent out via email as soon as a new offender has registered with the sheriff's office.
"The benefit of registering for this free, confidential email alert service is that it allows us to monitor your important addresses for you, keeping you up to date of newly registered sex offenders, and making it unnecessary for you to have to check your important addresses daily or even weekly," Voutour said.
For more information, visit www.niagarasheriff.com. Click on the link "locate registered sex offenders," and follow the instructions to check a neighborhood and receive free email alerts.
Voutour encouraged everyone to have a fun and safe Halloween.