It's a sign of the times and a sad thing that there has to be a list like this, but when it comes to our children, you can never be too safe.

As your kids get their costumes ready and the excitement builds to go out trick-or-treating this year, it's best to know what houses they should avoid. According to the Division of Criminal Justice Services, as of October 2017, there are 27 known sex offenders who live in the Putnam County area.

Here are some disturbing statistics from patch.com: Over 50% of rape/sexual assault incidents happen within a mile of the victim’s home, 75% of victims know their attacker and how about this disturbing fact — 45% of victims are under 12-years-old.

Now we're not trying to work you into a panic, and we're definitely not saying you shouldn't allow your kids to go trick or treating, but it's good to know what houses they may want to avoid.

 

Here's an interactive map listing all those convicted offenders in Putnam County:

*The Division of Criminal Justice Services warns that this information must be used responsibly.  Anyone who uses this information to harass or commit a criminal act against any person may be subject to criminal prosecution.

Did you know there are three different level of sex offenders?

  • Level 1 (low risk of re-offense),
  • Level 2 (medium risk of re-offense)
  • Level 3 (high risk of re-offense)

Just keep in mind that according to New York State law, only Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders are listed on the public directory.

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