Protecting Children This Halloween

According to the FBI, a child is abducted or reported missing every 40 seconds nationwide.

It’s Halloween time once again.

Children stroll around the neighborhood, dressed to scare, and ready for sugar, but while fun, it’s not without its dangers.

On any other day this would be considered dangerous, but for Halloween it’s tradition. It’s a time when children are often left unaccompanied, in the dark, meeting strangers, and talking to them. This type of activity can come with hazards. According to the FBI, a child is abducted or reported missing every 40 seconds nationwide.

Law enforcement agencies around the country are sharing advisory warnings about common dangers of trick or treating. This includes warnings about driving with care around neighborhoods, inspecting candy, and checking local sex offender registries.

Besides accompanying children on their escapades, or organizing a chaperone, there is no way to guarantee a child’s safety when they’re visiting every house in a neighborhood. But one simple and effective method is to use state specific sex offender registries, many of which are published online. State Records has published a free public resource in order to help keep community safe: every sex offender registry in the country.

Sex offenders are required by law to share their whereabouts, names and addresses with local law enforcement across the country. These lists are updated frequently in an effort to protect those around the released offender. While law enforcement agencies countrywide provide these lists, State Records publishes all of such resources for free, in its entirety, and organized by state.

Further, sites like State Records offer a criminal, arrest, and court record search function that only needs a name and an area. So if a sex offender is discovered, finding out what they did and when they did it is only a search away.

Halloween is a time for merriment and candy, but being careful is never a bad idea. Happy trick or treating, and happy Halloween.

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