With Halloween around the corner, kids can’t wait for trick or treating. However, officials warn that parents should make sure their neighbors are safe around their kids.
State Police said they don’t intend to start a witch hunt with a PSA, but to give parents peace of mind. Chances are that your neighborhood saw a few people move in over the past year.
Darien Patch reports that parents should check with the Connecticut Sex Offender Registry before the 31st. That way, parents can inform themselves of which houses to steer clear of. By putting in their address, they can see if they live nearby a problem neighbor.
The registry is continually up to date, so if you haven’t checked it in a year, something might have changed.
However, making this information public does come with its own unique set of risks. Most importantly, vigilantes who might want to take justice into their own hands.
That’s why the State Police posted this warning to their accounts:
“ANY PERSON WHO USES INFORMATION IN THIS REGISTRY TO INJURE, HARASS OR COMMIT A CRIMINAL ACT AGAINST ANY PERSON INCLUDED IN THE REGISTRY OR ANY OTHER PERSON IS SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.”
Basically, if you use the registry for something other than keeping your kids and loved ones safe, you’re just as bad as the offender.
I hate to admit that times really have changed from when I was young. Things seemed so much safer back then. Nowadays, all you hear about is the dangers lurking just outside your window and horror stories of strange men in cars.
This tool will, hopefully, give parents a better look into what trick or treating routes they can take their kids. That way, they can pick out their neighbors who check out.
True, this database does arguably single out certain individuals. And some who appear on this database may have turned their life around since their conviction. That’s not too hard to believe. Still, I wouldn’t want my nieces around someone who put their hands on another person without their consent. Pretty sure you’d feel the same way about your kids or loved ones, too.
But the fact remains, the word is a vastly different place from the time when we were little. Things have changed so much. Kids nowadays face threats our parents only experienced in their worst nightmares.
So being informed about who your neighbors are will help parents keep their kids safe. Kids will take to the streets in search of delicious candy and the last thing anyone wants to think about are those who plan to take advantage of it.
So, have a safe Halloween and make smart decisions!