Midlanders living near Fannin Elementary got a shocking letter in their mailbox about a sex offender that just moved into the neighborhood.

According to NewsWest 9, the Texas Department of Public Safety says when you receive a notice like that, the best thing you can do is make sure you talk to your kids about not talking to strangers.

Also make sure you stay aware of adults asking kids in the neighborhood for assistance.

Some good information to know is that sex offenders have to register either for 10 years or for life, depending on the offense, once they are released from supervision of the state.

The Texas Department of Public Safety are required to send a high risk notice to neighbors within a three block radius of the high risk offender.

Offenders are prevented from living within 500-1,000 feet of schools and parks says officials from the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.

The description of the offender and their address can be found online on the Texas Department of Public Safety website so you can be on the lookout for anyone lingering around where children are.

Currently there are more than 550 registered sex offenders in Midland and more than 460 registered sex offenders in Odessa.

If you are concerned if there is anyone near you that is a registered sex offender just remember that the Texas Department of Public Safety is required to send a letter if you are within a three block radius of a registered sex offender, so if you have not received a letter there is no registered sex offender within a three block radius of your residence.

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