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Published December 07, 2011, 08:04 PM

Local Police Offer Tips to Stay Safe as Sex Offenders Move to Town

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - In the last few months there have been six sex offender notifications in the area. Law enforcement only notifies the public when level three, or high-risk sex offenders move into the area.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - In the last few months there have been six sex offender notifications in the area.

Law enforcement only notifies the public when level three, or high-risk sex offenders move into the area.

High-risk offenders are the ones considered most likely to re-offend, and it seems like we're getting more notifications on these every day.

Police say it's important for them to get this information to the public. They say the registry is a vital matter of public safety

"It's a great public safety tool not only for law enforcement, but parents and adults so that they know what is going on in their own backyard," East Grand Forks police officer Andrew Boen said.

The level is determined by a combination of police, medical professionals, and the head of a jail. Offenders are ranked according to the age and number of thier victims and the length of time since the offender's last offense.

"They know if someone is in their neighborhood they can take extra precautions if they desire to," Grand Forks police corporal Brian Robbins said.

Police urge you to lock your home and car doors, among other things.

"Leave lights on around buildings, not talking on the phone walking in the car lot. A lot of times people aren't aware of their surroundings," Boen said.

Authorities also want to make sure parents clearly monitor who their children are spending time with.

"Parents need to let their children know what to look out for," Boen said.

"That's, again, why we have the sex offender registry so that we know this person is a sex offender and we do not need to be letting out kids hang out with someone on this registry," Robbins said.

Above all, police urge neighbors of sex offenders to contact them with any suspicious activity.

"Give local law enforcement a call, as if they're aware of the individual. There is some that is releasable, some that is not," Boen said.

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