State Police urge residents to use OffenderWatch before trick-or-treating

WEST TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey State Police want to remind everyone to take the necessary precautions to ensure a safe Halloween.

Before you plan your route for trick-or-treating, you may want to check the New Jersey State Police website for OffenderWatch, which is a mapping and notification service that informs citizens of the location of registered sex offenders.

In New Jersey there are approximately 3,800 registered sex offenders. By using the online service, you can pinpoint exactly where offenders live and even receive free email notifications if an offender moves within a specified radius of any address you register. If you plan on trick-or-treating in a family or friend’s neighborhood, register their address beforehand to determine if there are any offenders living in the area.

This online service is maintained by the New Jersey State Police State Bureau of Identification and can be accessed at You can simply click on the link to search for offenders in your area or register to receive free, confidential email alerts about nearby offenders.

You’ve provided your children with flashlights or glow sticks, and you’re going to check their candy before they eat it. But before they walk out the door, make sure you know who lives in the neighborhoods where your kids are trick-or-treating.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook