Check These Sites Before Sending Your Kids Out On Halloween
Before you send your kids out for trick or treating, you might want to check these lists for the neighborhoods they'll be in.
While some counties in the US have started placing signs in the yards of registered sex offenders during trick or treat hours, no Parish in our area has started the practice. Meaning that the responsibility lands with parents. Here are the resources parents will need to check the neighborhoods their kids will be in tonight:
Caddo Parish: http://www.icrimewatch.net/index.php?AgencyID=54078
Bossier Parish: http://www.bossiersheriff.com/sex-offenders/
Webster Parish: http://www.icrimewatch.net/index.php?AgencyID=54423
De Soto Parish: http://www.icrimewatch.net/index.php?AgencyID=54079
Generally there is no enhanced dangers for kids during trick or treating, in fact the Sheriff in Georgia responsible for the yard sign efforts, Sheriff Gary Long, told CBS News:
"Let's face reality: We have a greater chance of children getting run over by a car [on Halloween] than being a victim of sexual assault by a repeat offender, but at the end of the day if, in fact, we had a child that fell victim to a sexual assault, especially by a convicted sex offender, I don't think I could sleep at night."