Sex offender tracking goes high tech in Georgetown County

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - More than 100 people living in Georgetown County are registered as sex offenders, and now officials are asking parents to hit the web to find out who they are.

The call for action by Georgetown County Sheriff A. Lane Cribb comes as hundreds of children prepare to hit the streets for trick-or-treating in celebration of Halloween.

Cribb hopes the efforts of the department's Sex Offender Watch program will prevent children from knocking on the doors of registered offenders.

"Over the past several years, the public has shown an increased interest about information on sex offenders living in close proximity of their neighborhood," Cribb said. "Halloween is one of the best times for citizens to utilize the program."

The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office has integrated sex offender tracking technology into its website, in hopes of keeping people informed about sex offenders living within the county. Those who log on to the site have instant access to geographical tools to assess the risks of area offenders and receive community emails.

"The geographic risk assessment allows citizens to insert their address, the address of their child's school or any address they may have a concern about," Cribb explained. "Once they have inserted an address, they will be able to locate and view sex offenders within one mile of the concerned address."

Area residents can learn more about the online program by logging onto

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