York County deputies will scout for sex offenders on Halloween

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comOctober 25, 2013 

While children prowl for candy from neighbors, deputies will be on the prowl for sex offenders and others who might pose a danger on Halloween.

On Thursday night, 15 extra York County Sheriff’s deputies will take to the streets to check and verify addresses of the county’s 145 registered sex offenders, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

To keep kids safe during Halloween, York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant asks parents to follow a few simple rules:

•  Be aware of sex offenders in your area.

• Go with your children to homes – make trick or treating a family event.

• Only trick-or-treat if houses are well lit.

• Never let your kids enter homes without parent’s permission

“Halloween night can be great fun and being prepared is the first step to making sure all goes well Halloween night,” Bryant said in the release. “Make a plan and talk to your kids about how to stay safe.”

Parents can go to www.yorkcountysheriff.com to search for sex offenders in a neighborhood. Also people can sign up for automated email alerts, as well as find more safety tips for parents and kids.

Children should receive a Halloween safety flier from school to bring home for parents to review and other Halloween safety tips.

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