SAN DIEGO - Before trick-or-treating this Halloween with your children, you might want to know whose door you are knocking on.
The California Department of Justice lists thousands of sex offenders using an interactive map as part of Megan's Law -- a tool that allows you to search and pinpoint the locations of registered sex offenders in your neighborhood and beyond.
According to state officials, California has required sex offenders to register with their local law enforcement agencies since 1947. California's Megan's Law provides the public with certain information on the whereabouts of sex offenders so that members of local communities may protect themselves and their children.
Megan's Law is named after 7-year-old Megan Kanka, a New Jersey girl who was raped and killed by a known registered sex offender who had moved across the street from the family without their knowledge. In the wake of the tragedy, the Kankas sought to have local communities warned about sex offenders in the area. All states now have a form of Megan's Law.
Click to access the interactive map: http://bit.ly/1iwVmjn
INSTRUCTIONS: To view the sex offenders in your neighborhood, scroll down to the bottom of the page, click "I agree to the above terms and conditions," then hit continue. Then enter your address into the corresponding boxes and select the distance from your home.