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Francine FrazierSenior web producer. Whether you trick-or-treat in your own neighborhood or gather with friends and family for a community event, it's good to plan ahead and check the area for your child's safety. How well lit is it? Will cars be driving by? Are there sidewalks along the streets? One question you might not think to add to your safety check: Are there any sex offenders on your trick-or-treating route?
Jump to rules for your county: DuvalSt. Here are the steps to search for nearby offenders :. The FDLE also has an app to help families track when sex offenders move into a neighborhood. FDLE reminds users the app should never be used in an emergency. Sex offenders also have specific rules about what they can and can't do around Halloween, depending on what county they live in.
We've compiled a county-by-county breakdown of those rules and regulations below, along with what area sheriff's offices are planning as far as enforcement and alternative safe events for families. In Jacksonville, there are more than 2, registered halloween sex offenders and sexual predators who live in almost every neighborhood, according to the Sheriff's Office.
On nights like Halloween, when children are going door-to-door for candy, police will be out to enforce the laws, JSO said. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Offender Tracking Unit will be watching sexual offenders and sexual predators on Halloween evening to ensure they are adhering to the established laws, police said. The Sheriff's Office has pre-planned operations where all sex offenders and predators will be checked to make sure they have no enticing decorations or porch lights on, and that the proper age is displayed.
Not even a carved pumpkin is allowed, police said. The following is a list of laws that sexual offenders and sexual predators in Duval County must abide by:. There are even regulations about the size of the letters on the and how visible it must be from the street. For more specifics on the regulations. Jacksonville police encourage parents to use the FDLE database to check their trick-or-treating area for offenders and predators.
In St. Johns County, sex offenders are not permitted to participate in any holiday event that would entice children to halloween sex propertyincluding distributing candy on Halloween or wearing costumes that might attract children. Chuck Mulligan, with the St.
Johns County Sheriff's Office, said the department's SPOT team goes around the county each year on Halloween making sure those who fall under the county ordinance are complying with the rules. He said the team changes its tactics and patterns every year to be sure offenders don't know exactly when they'll be stopping by.
Johns County also has an option for parents to track when sex offenders move into an area. Halloween sex more information, spot sjso. For more on the St. Johns County rules. Sex offenders in Nassau County are not permitted to participate in any holiday event involving children, including distributing candy on Halloween or wearing costumes that might attract children. Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper said his department checks every month as well as during Halloween to be sure offenders are complying with the law.
Leeper and his detectives have also placed s in front of the homes of convicted sexual predators to warn parents and children not to visit these houses while trick-or-treating. The s went up in front of 15 homes on Tuesday. Leeper said they want families to have fun but also want to be sure kids are safe on Halloween. For more on the Nassau County ordinance. Clay County does not have a specific ordinance prohibiting offenders from participating in Halloween activities, but the Special Victims Unit of the Clay County Sheriff's Office monitors offenders and predators and will go around reminding those on parole or probation of the specific rules they are under regarding Halloween.
To find the Crime Watchgo to ClaySheriff. The map allows users to zoom in to the street level to see exactly where offenders live. According to Public Affairs Officer Brittany Kershaw, Flagler County deputies are tasked with visiting the homes of the county's sex offenders who have Halloween restrictions included in their probation. Sheriff Rick Staly said the visits will be made from Oct. The grant will be used to fund the dedicated sexual offender and predator detective to ensure compliance of offenders.
The visits, which apply to 19 registered sex offenders and nine other non-sexual offenders in Flagler County, are to make sure the offenders are complying with their probation conditions, which include turning their exterior lights off, not handing out candy and not displaying any Halloween decorations. Kershaw explained that the non-sexual offenders might have Halloween sanctions as conditions in their probation because of charges such as child abuse.
Kershaw said registered sex offenders live in Flagler County, but the Halloween restrictions only apply to those listed in the annual offenders list released by the Sheriff's Office. The list includes the offenders' photos and addresses. You can open a printable copy of the offenders list by clicking here. Halloween sex 28 offenders must be in their home by p. According to Sheriff's Office spokesperson Allison Waters-Merritt, deputies have been making contact with sexual predators and sex offenders in Putnam County in the weeks leading up halloween sex Halloween.
They will follow up with spot-checks on Halloween and will be checking addresses for all registered offenders to make sure they are complying with state laws. She said sex offenders and predators on probation are required to follow specific terms regarding holidays, which can vary by case. Those found to not be in compliance can be charged with violating their probation. Randy Crews said sex offenders and predators in Baker County are not permitted to give out candy or display decorations and must have their exterior lights off on Halloween night.
Crews said the Baker County Sheriff's Office partners with the felony probation team in the county to check on offenders and predators who are on probation and make sure they are following the guidelines ased to them. Crews said the Sheriff's Office reviewed its list of registered offenders in the area and none are currently living in neighborhoods frequented by trick-or-treaters.
Dawn McKinley, who works at the Bradford County Jail, said flyers are sent to all sex offenders in the area reminding them not to turn their porch lights on or display Halloween decorations or anything that might entice children to come to their door for trick-or-treating.
She said no local ordinance prevents offenders from participating in Halloween, but those still on probation are under specific guidelines regarding interacting with children. Because of strict city ordinances regarding sex offenders living in Starke, most offenders in Bradford County live in the county's rural areas, where trick-or-treating is less common, McKinley said. Murray Smith said the Columbia County Sheriff's Office is active throughout the year in letting the public know where sexual predators live in their area. He said deputies make mandatory announcements on social media whenever a predator enters the county, and any child care facility within a mile of where a predator lives is notified in person by a detective.
The Sheriff's Office also sends out a Halloween safety bulletin, which includes advice to trick-or-treat only in neighborhoods where the family is familiar with who lives in the area. Smith said that while Columbia County's ordinance might not name Halloween specifically, predators do have to follow rules year-round about not enticing children to come to their homes. The detective in charge of the county's sexual predator tracking unit will also be coordinating some increased patrols.
Halloween sex of the county's regulations, sexual predators cannot move into Union County, but sex offenders can, Capt. Lyn Williams explained. He said sex offenders in the county are not required to place s in front of their homes, but halloween sex are told to turn their lights off and not decorate their homes for Halloween. He said the county's offender unit will be out patrolling both before and during local trick-or-treating events to make sure offenders are in compliance and not enticing any children.
The countywide trick-or-treat event from p. Small businesses can sponsor "trunks" for candy giveaways, and there will be patrol units on-site and throughout the community for trick-or-treating. Law enforcement officers will be at all the events.
A river flood warning in effect for Columbia and Alachua Counties. Halloween safety: Check your trick-or-treating route for sex offenders County-by-county breakdown of Halloween rules for sex offenders. Francine FrazierSenior web producer Travis Gibson. Published: October 29, pm. Type your address into the neighborhood search. Click the "Search" button to show.
If you click on an icon on the map, it will show a pop-up box with the name, address and picture of the offender or predator. You can also switch to a list view by clicking "Show List. The flyers can be downloaded as PDFs and printed. The list view also offers a link to "track offender. It is unlawful for any sexual halloween sex or sexual predator to participate in any Halloween party or event if the event targets non-familial children. Any person deated as a sexual offender or sexual predator shall avoid all Halloween-related contact with children.
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