According to the Indiana Sheriff's Association, there are such convicted people registered in the four-county area: Convicts are supposed to register with their local sheriff's departments within seven days of being released from prison. Clarkson said he thinks, on average, there are eight to 10 convicted sex offenders in LaGrange County who have not registered. After all, it may be just as necessary for safety and prevention of harm. There are rapists and child molesters right in your midst, and not knowing about them could prove to be a very dangerous ignorance. If you have questions about sex offender registration in general, please contact us. Meanwhile, continue to check for updates to the sex offender registry and be cautious with strangers, according to Clarkson, who warns, "Always know where your children are. Checking the sex offender registry should be as commonplace and widespread as locking the front door, putting on a seat belt, checking the expiration date or looking both ways before crossing the road. However, most local law enforcement officers believe that few people are taking the necessary steps to identify sex offenders near them. Do a little checking before leaving your children with someone. If they want to commit the crime, they have to pay the penalty, and this is part of it. Contact information for sheriff departments can be found here. Authorities in other counties also say its unlikely that everyone who should be registered in their area is. They are scattered throughout the towns and countryside, and there aren't any local areas where one cannot be found. Although many of the offenders simply accept the registry as a part of their sentence, police say some do not register and attempt to elude the authorities to avoid being posted on the Internet as a sex criminal.