Check the sex offender registry for your neighborhood before Halloween

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - There are thousands of people listed on Arizona's registry of sex offenders. A tool from the state allows you to search for registered sex offenders in your neighborhood, see them on a map, and sign up for email alerts.

Operation Safe Treat targets fugitive sex offenders, child predators with outstanding arrest warrants, and those wanted for crimes against children. The operation makes sure a select group of offenders follow their probation rules. 

"They [registered sex offenders] can have no Halloween decorations, they can't have porch lights on, and can't have anything visible that would potentially lure a trick or treater to the front door," said Barbara Johnson, Pima County Adult Probation's Sex Offender Unit Supervisor. 

The Arizona Sex Offender Registry allows you to view sex offenders who live in your area. 

In most cases, you will want to do a very broad search. You can even search an entire city. Simply typing your ZIP code into the search tool will give you a list (with photos if they are available) of every registered sex offender who shares your ZIP code.

SEARCH: Arizona registered sex offenders

Facts About Sex Offenders (courtesy AZDPS)

  • In 2016, there were approximately 861,837 registered sex offenders in the United States.
  • Most sex offenders (80- 95%) assault people they know.
  • At least half of convicted child molesters report that they also have sexually assaulted an adult.
  • Over 80% of convicted adult rapists report that they have molested children.
  • Approximately one-third of sex offenders report assaulting both males and females. Research shows that most convicted sex offenders have committed many, many assaults before they are caught.
  • Most sex offenders report that they have committed multiple types of sexual assault (sexual assault crimes include exhibitionism, voyeurism, oral sex, vaginal penetration, attempted penetration, fondling, and incest)
  • Over two-thirds of offenders who reported committing incest also said they assaulted victims outside the family.
  • Some studies of victims have shown less than 30% of sex crimes are reported to law enforcement.
  • Young victims who know or are related to the perpetrator are least likely to report the crime to authorities.

Sex Offender Characteristics (courtesy AZDPS)

  • Most offenders commit multiple crimes against multiple types of victims with whom they have varying types of relationships (adults, children, male, female, known and unknown). This behavior is known as "crossover".
  • Sex offenders rarely commit just one type of offense. Many offenders have NO official criminal record or sex crime history of any kind.
  • There is no such thing as a "typical" sex offender; however, all tend to be manipulative, deceptive, and secretive. Sex offenders come from all backgrounds, ages, income levels, and professions.
  • The majority of offenses (80 - 95%) are committed by someone the victim knows.
  • Sexual deviancy often begins in adolescence.
  • Sex offenders usually do not commit their crimes impulsively. They usually carefully plan their crimes.
  • Approximately 4% of sexual assaults are committed by women.

FREE: Halloween Safety Flyer (please print and freely distribute to your civic group, community organization, boys and girls club and classroom.)

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