Crystal Lake Police Conduct Registered Sex Offender Checks for Halloween

Police routinely conduct these "knock and talks" throughout the year to make sure registered offenders are living where they say they are.


This Halloween, the Crystal Lake Police Department’s Targeted Response Unit will be conducting 'sex offender' and 'violent offender against youth' address verification compliance checks on all registered offenders residing within the City of Crystal Lake.

Crystal Lake Police conduct these "knock & talks" periodically throughout the year to confirm offenders are actually residing at their registered addresses, according to a press release issued by Cmmdr. Derek Hyrkas.

Under current state law, registered child sex offenders are prohibited from distributing candy, or other items to anyone under the age of 18 years old.

Crystal Lake currently has 21 offenders required to register under Illinois State Law, 19 of which are listed on the public adult Sex Offender/Violent Offender Against Youth registry, Hyrkas said.

Juvenile offenders are not listed. The Crystal Lake Police Department recognizes the importance of Illinois’ sex offender registration laws, and is making every effort to ensure compliance with all aspects of the legislation.

Last year, Crystal Lake Police Chief David Linder announced the implementation of OffenderWatch to manage registered sex offenders in the community. OffenderWatch enables Illinois law enforcement agencies to collaborate and share information with law enforcement partners statewide, Hyrkas said.

This collaboration provides law enforcement agencies information concerning sex offender movements, history and activities anywhere in the county, state or country.

This is a great resource for parents to identify houses they may wish for their children to avoid while trick-or-treating.

Citizens may access the Crystal Lake Police Department OffenderWatch Community Web Page 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the Crystal Lake Police Department’s website, or access the Illinois State Police website

Crystal Lake Police will continue to randomly check sex offenders who reside in the city to ensure they are in compliance with all requirements under state law, Hyrkas said.

The Crystal Lake Police Department’s Targeted Response Unit supervisor, Sgt. Ron Joseph, can be reached at 815-356-3768 regarding registered sex offenders and non-compliance information. 

ltm November 01, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Yep, let's close our doors until Thanksgiving? Christmas? St. Patricks Day? Easter? etc! Now for the next 364 days of the year Registered Sex Offenders can run wild grabbing kids and dragging them off kicking and screaming. After all, the cops did their thing today and you should all be safe until next Halloween!
Bgk November 01, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Halloween is the only day in which children are outside going door to door, that is why they choose this time of year for one of their "checks". When you commit a crime against someone, some of your rights are taken deal with it. Maybe thy should have thought about that prior to breaking the law
ltm November 01, 2012 at 02:53 AM
There has never been a crime committed against a child on Halloween by a registered sex offender that is known or documented. I am not at all concerned about the choice of timing. What I am concerned about is documented above.as the first comment. Please read my comment. It is about the misuse of the law not Halloween. Deal with it!
Shana Rowan November 02, 2012 at 07:54 PM
They aren't "my" statistics. They have been carefully researched and calculated by university professors with PhDs and the federal/state governments that have actual re-arrest/re-conviction information. It seems bizarre that someone claiming to care so much about kids would flippantly disregard information that might help them identify much more likely threats. You are merely buying into the hype. Your kids will suffer for it.
Jay November 13, 2012 at 12:46 AM
The law is the law. If you don't like it, vote against it... If you can. See, the only people getting riled up about this are the ones who can't invite the kiddies in for some "candy"


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