Oct 29, 2012 6:54 PM by Melissa Canone

SMPSO: Halloween Safety Tips

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office wants everyone to have a fun and safe Halloween.

Trick or Treating parish wide in St. Mary will be observed between the hours of 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm on Halloween night, Wednesday, October 31, 2012.

Below are a few things you can do to keep you and your family safe:

  • Know which houses your children should avoid when trick-or-treating by clicking here, research neighborhoods and addresses that are important to you, and register to receive e-mail notifications on registered sex offenders within proximity of these addresses. The most beneficial aspect of the address monitoring feature is that once your important addresses and e-mail address have been registered, the system will automatically alert you via e-mail when an offender moves within a specified radius of the registered address. Register any and all addresses where your children spend a lot of time; for example friends, grandparents, or babysitter's addresses. Registering for this confidential e-mail alert service 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 these addresses daily or even weekly. While visiting the website you can also view and print important safety tips to review with your children. The e-mail notifications and discussing the various safety tips helps increase awareness.
  • Offenders are not supposed to have their front porch lights on, nor are they supposed to answer the door.
  • It is the goal of te St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office to provide accurate information to the public regarding the dangers of sexual predators, and to further build community awareness. To help us achieve this goal we utilize OffenderWatch® to manage, monitor the whereabouts, and conduct compliance checks of the registered sex offenders within our community. OffenderWatch® is the nation's leading sex offender management and community notification tool and we began using this software in 2008.
  • Community Notification" empowers you with the knowledge that can be used to protect yourself and your family from becoming victims. I firmly believe that the more educated and aware a community is of what and where the dangers lurk, the more success we have with our community notification program.




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