Where are sex offenders on Halloween? Worried about your kids knocking on doors of sex offenders while trick or treating? Kids in Okeechobee are busy getting their Halloween costumes ready. The overall focus is to keep children safe, especially on a night when there's so many of them outdoors.
Okeechobee County currently has (109) sex offenders and (9) predators, that register with the Sheriff's Office. Florida's number of registered sex offenders is rising dramatically.
Restrictions can vary from case to case, depending on court-ordered probation requirements and the crimes committed. Some offenders and predators have no restrictions. But, for the most part, offenders and predators aren't allowed to put up Halloween decorations, or in any way entice kids to come to their doors. This mission doesn't just keep kids safe, it also helps these individuals stay out of trouble.
To search your neighborhood, check out the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Florida Sexual Offenders and Predators website, fdle.state.fl.us. If you have questions about registered sex offenders/predators, contact me at (863)763-3117, ext. 5100.
In this day and time, you must use good common sense. Parents go with your children, watch what they collect at houses. If suspicious, throw it away but the most important thing is watch your children at all times.
The Sheriff’s Office would ask that all Trick-or-Treaters be done by 9:00 p.m.
Be Safe and Have Fun!
Michele Bell, PIO