Check Out Sex Offender Registry Before Trick-or-Treating

By: Jennifer Milton Email
By: Jennifer Milton Email

"We just go around our neighborhood and some of the surrounding neighborhoods to trick or treat," said Terri Jackson.

For many, Halloween is one of the most exciting holidays of the year, but parents should be aware of some of the dangers that could be lurking behind decorated doors. Deputies say around 477 sex offenders reside in Leon County, and it could be their home your children visit for a trick or a treat.

"You always have to be aware of who is around you, I do pull that up on the Internet actually, sex offenders, and just knowing where they're at," said Angie Culpepper.

The Tallahassee Police Department has some tips to keep your little ghosts and ghouls out of harms way: Never let your kids go trick or treating alone, carry a flashlight or other light source and always inspect candy before it's eaten.

"I always chaperone my children for safety. We do glow in the dark necklaces for the kids and let them wear those around so we can see them," said Culpepper.

Law enforcement officers say the city of Tallahassee does not have any major concern for trick or treaters' safety during the holiday, but parents should always be alert to "stranger danger" because you never know who's doorbell you may be ringing. Officials also warn people to drive under the speed limit and avoid distractions on the road.

Officer David McCranie with the Tallahassee Police Department says the City does not have plans to change Trick or Treating. It will remain on Sunday and officers will be patrolling the streets as usual.

To view the sex offenders in your neighborhood, go to the link below.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 27, 2010 at 10:16 AM
    Stink Road.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 27, 2010 at 06:37 AM
    When I was a kid, the best candy was on Gum Road.
  • by Mister Whipple Location: eastside on Oct 27, 2010 at 06:13 AM
    Stay off Gum Road, trick or treaters. There's an entire Sex Offenders Club on that road.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 27, 2010 at 03:14 AM
    More scare without giving the facts. Sure - don't let your kids trick or treat from sex offenders - common sense. But also teach them that "stranger danger" is a mostly a myth. Watch the news or read a little research and you will see that the vast majority of kids aren't molested by strangers or scary sex offenders - they are molested by people they already know and trust like your own friends and relatives. This is a fact. Keep that in mind parents.
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