Halloween is a week away and many communities are looking for ways to ensure children’s safety. Maryland has received a lot of attention for a program it has implemented but last year many similar ones took place in other States.
Signs that say “No Candy at This Residence” will be posted on Halloween outside the homes of more than 2,000 registered sex offenders in Maryland, according to the Associated Press.
Elizabeth Bartholomew, a spokeswoman for the state parole office, tells USA TODAY that the offenders received a letter last month that outlines what is expected of them around the Oct. 31 holiday. In addition to posting a sign, offenders who are still under supervision must avoid all Halloween-related contact with children.
Should sex offenders be monitored on Halloween more closely then other times of the year?
Hall County Georgia seems to think so.
ATLANTA – State prison officials say they will monitor registered sex offenders – nearly 300 of them in Hall County – Tuesday night as children trick or treat for Halloween.Some of the 6,500 sex offenders on probation will be required to report to their probation office, a county jail or other designated location between 6:00-9:00 Tuesday night.
This ABC News article offers some practical advice for Halloween night.
A statewide initiative in Ohio is encouraging parents to take a proactive approach themselves to keep their trick-or-treaters away from sex offenders’ homes. Attorney General Jim Petro teamed up with a Cleveland-area Parent Teacher Association to put together a Halloween safety checklist. At the top of that checklist was a visit to Petro’s Web site where parents can search Ohio’s electronic Sex Offender Registration and Notification database to find out if there are sex offenders in their neighborhood.
In other ways if it takes special monitoring, how safe are children from them the other 364 days, 21 hours? Is it possible they are more likely to commit an offense because they will be out amongst us?
NCMEC tips for trick or treaters