A gray, overcast sky but warm temperatures means a perfect night for Halloween fun. Criminologist, Dr. Katherine Brown specializes in crimes against children and says Halloween is a night a mischief but there are certain things parents need to do to make sure it is safe. She says be selective where you trick-or-treat, especially if older kids are going out alone. A quick on-line check can ease some concerns.
Dr. Brown says, “You can Google Nebraska’s Sex Offender Registry and I’m sure it will come up. All states have these. In addition there are a couple of good apps for Apple and android. One is called ‘The Sex Offender Search’ and those are there as well. It is a good idea if you are not familiar with the neighborhood.”
Brown says the good news is that crimes against children do not spike on Halloween but still be cautious. She says kids under 12 should not go out unsupervised and those over 12 should go in a group. It is still a good idea to check treat bags and toss out any homemade item if you don’t know where it came from. Also throw out all treats that are not wrapped or if the wrapper is damaged.