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CLEVELAND – With nearly 6,000 registered sex offenders living in Cuyahoga County and four surrounding counties, knowing the surrounding community can help keep safe.

They may not be able to live within a certain distance of a school, but there’s no law that says sex offenders can’t give out candy on Halloween. One local sheriff is warning parents to do some research on the sex offender website before sending their kids out to trick-or-treat.

“Know the community you’re taking your kids to trick-or-treat in,” Geauga County Sheriff Dan McClelland said.

For older trick-or-treaters, McClelland said parents should still know where they are going, who they’re going with, what time to expect them home, and tell them which houses to avoid.

“This is one of those times of year when we need to be parents,” he said.

McClelland recommends trick-or-treaters also have a working cell phone with them.

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