Sheriff: Keep Halloween Safe

St. Johns County Sheriff David B. Shoar told Historic City News today that his office will be stepping up patrols for Halloween on October 31st in an effort to keep area youngsters safe as they go trick-or-treating in their local neighborhoods.

The Sheriff’s Office will be giving support to the Florida Division of Probation and Parole in checking the residences of registered sex offenders. They are not allowed to decorate their homes, turn their lights on or give candy out on Halloween. As a precautionary measure, Sheriff Shoar wants parents to be aware that sex offenders live in our community.

There are 185 registered sexual offenders and predators registered as of October 25, 2010 who are living at St. Johns County addresses, according to records available from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The last known addresses are shown in the following 19 pages.

The Sheriff is recommending that trick-or-treaters limit their door-to-door activities to 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Younger children should visit the various Trick or Treat events being offered locally by churches and service groups.

With just a few precautions and some extra steps, parents can teach their children to avoid danger and accidents.

Costumes swords or knives should be short, soft and flexible. Remember, little trick-or-treaters will also be carrying their goody bags, so it may be difficult for the little hands to juggle too many items.

Parents should examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering.

Never allow children to treat-or-treat alone. Children should be instructed to never enter anyone’s home without a parent or guardian. They should be encouraged to walk in groups with a trusted adult.

“Everyone have a safe and fun Halloween”, said Sheriff David B. Shoar.

Photo credits: © 2010 Historic City News staff photographer

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