October 28, 2005
South Carolina’s Patrol Board is requiring a curfew for 1,000 of the state’s child sex offenders. State officers will make phone calls and check houses to make sure this happens. But that’s only 17 percent of the state’s sex offenders. What about the rest? News 12 is on your side to find out if a sex-offender curfew will really make trick-or-treating safer.
4-year-old Audrey Bridges is trying on her Halloween costume and brushing up on her most important line.
“Trick or treat,” Audrey said.
While candy is Audrey’s biggest concern, her mom Nicole worries about safety.
“I’m a very protective parent, very protective,” Nicole said.
This holiday, 1,000 child sex offenders on parole will be required to stay inside from 5pm-midnight. They can’t turn on their porch lights or hand out candy.
“I’m glad they’re doing things to take precautions, but I don’t think it can help in every situation,” Nicole said.
And it won’t. Aiken County has about 200 sex offenders who aren’t on parole. Who’s watching them?
Sheriff Michael Hunt says he will not make any special checks on sex offenders Halloween night, but he will continue his random checks throughout the year.
Parents, you can do your own homework and find sex offenders on your trick-or-treat route online.
Sheriff Hunt says with all the new technology, parents already have what they need the most, their head to think with, eyes to look out and hands to walk their trick-or-treaters down the street.
But Sheriff Hunt does think the state’s new rule will help.
“Anytime we can do a good proactive operation on trying to keep up with our sex offenders and know where they are, we can’t go wrong,” Sheriff Hunt said.
Bottom line, good parenting is the best way to have a happy Halloween.