Oct 17, 2012 12:40 PM by Melissa Canone

APSO Offer Halloween Safety Tips

The Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office wants everyone to have a fun and safe Halloween.  Below are a few things you can do to keep you and your family safe.

In Acadia Parish, there are approximately 124 registered sex offenders, and the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office wants you to know where they reside so that you avoid those houses when trick-or-treating.

"We do the best we can in making sure sex offenders live where they tell us, so it is crucial that our citizens visit our website, www.apso.org, to see who the registered sex offenders are and where they are living," says Sheriff Wayne Melancon. Citizens are also encouraged to check any addresses where they or their families spend time. Sheriff Melancon says "The mapping and address feature found on the website pinpoints exactly where an offender lives."

You will also find many other beneficial tools such as the ability to sign up for FREE automatic email notifications informing you if an offender moves within a specified radius of any address you register.

"If you aren't planning on trick-or-treating in your neighborhood, but will be in a family or friend's neighborhood, register their address beforehand so you know which houses to avoid. You can register any and all of the addresses where your children spend a lot of time; for example, friend's, grandparent's or babysitter's addresses" says Sheriff Melancon.

The alerts are in real-time and sent out via email as soon as a new offender has registered with the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Melancon says "the benefit of registering for this free confidential e-mail alert service is that it allows us to monitor your important addresses for you, thereby keeping you up to date of newly registered offenders and making it unnecessary for you to have to check your important addresses daily or even weekly."

The website for the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office is www.apso.org. Citizens should click on the link "locate registered sex offenders" and follow the instructions to check their neighborhood and sign up to receive FREE e-mail alerts.

Sheriff Melancon encourages everyone to have a fun and safe Halloween. Knowledge is power and knowing where registered sex offenders reside in your area can help you make the best choices for safe and enjoyable Halloween activities.

For further information, please call the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office at (337) 788-8700.



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