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Parents and children across Northeast Ohio are gearing up for Halloween.

Trick-or-treaters will take to the streets next week, but one local leader is working on a plan to keep our kids out of harm's way.

Amherst City Councilman Phil Van Treuren has introduced a proposal that would exclude registered sex offenders from taking part in certain Halloween traditions.

Van Treuren's proposal would require sex offenders to turn out the lights at their home. It would also not allow them to decorate their houses or pass out candy.

Similar restrictions are in place in other cities across the country.

Parents can also take steps to avoid visiting a home where a registered sex offender lives.

You can search for online databases that show where sex offenders live, or you can turn to your smartphone.

There are numerous apps that contain accurate information about where sex offenders live.

Suggested websites:

  1. http://www.familywatchdog.us/
  2. http://www.communitynotification.com/cap_main.php?office=55149
  3. http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/registry
  4. http://www.drc.ohio.gov/OffenderSearch/Search.aspx

Suggested Mobile Apps:

  1. http://bit.ly/1h0TFgn
  2. http://bit.ly/19X14Gb
  3. http://bit.ly/1a8rc57

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