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It’s Halloween. You want to keep your trick-or-treaters safe and you want to avoid the homes of registered sex offenders. There’s an app for that.

Research Triangle Park-based Handstorm Inc.’s program, StaySafe, is one of several mobile applications that track registered sex offenders across the United States.

StaySafe, for the Apple iPhone, is just one app of its type. The P.O.M. Offender Locator is available for iPhone, BlackBerry and Android phones.

Both promise to track sex offenders and analyze risk level at a user’s exact location.

The data is drawn from a national sex offender registry to find offenders by location, name and physical characteristics. The programs show photos and descriptions of each offender and what offenses they committed.

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