Find out where sex offenders live before Halloween

The website sheriffalerts.com has an interactive map to allow you to find registered sex offenders.

One thing you don’t want your kids running into while out trick-or-treating next month is one of the hundreds of registered sex offenders living in the Charleston area.

So take a little time to plan around them. A website called sheriffalerts.com allows you to find out where sex offenders live so you can avoid them.

Users can click on a state, choose a county, type in an address, and a map will come up showing registered sex offenders living within a one-mile radius. The radius can be changed to cover more territory. The template calls for a zip code in the address, but that can be found easily enough in a web search if you don’t know it.

“We do the best we can in making sure sex offenders live where they tell us,” Dorchester County Sheriff L.C. Knight said in a reminder sent out today. “The mapping and address feature found on the website pinpoints exactly where an offender lives.”

More than 320 registered sex offenders are living in Dorchester County, he said.

The website also allows users to sign up for email alerts if a sex offender moves within a specified radius of any address specified.