Attorney General Fox Reminds Montanans of Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Attorney General Tim Fox today urged parents to review basic safety precautions with their children before they go trick-or-treating and to check Montana’s Sexual or Violent Offender Registry (SVOR) online to ensure their children avoid potentially dangerous situations.

“As families across Montana get ready for Halloween tomorrow, this is the time for parents and guardians to go on-line and visit Montana’s Sexual or Violent Offender Registry. Make sure you accompany your children while they trick-or-treat, and don’t visit the homes of registered offenders,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “It’s important to talk to your children not only about how to trick-or-treat safely, but also about where they can go safely.”

In addition to recommending adults always accompany young children trick-or-treating, Attorney General Fox recommended taking children only to familiar neighborhoods on Halloween night. Children should also choose costumes with light or bright colors whenever possible, or their parents should trim darker costumes with reflective tape. Children should be encouraged to wait to eat treats until an adult can inspect them. Parents should throw away any goodies that appear to be tampered with or are not commercially wrapped. For more safety tips, see the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s alert on the Montana Department of Justice’s website.

Montana’s SVOR, which tracks an average of 2,700 active sexual offenders and 3,800 active violent offenders at any given time, is viewable online here. Online visitors may also register for free e-mail notifications to be automatically notified whenever a sexual or violent offender moves into a zip code of interest to subscribers. The registry’s mapping feature allows the public to enter a specific address and city, and then search to generate a map showing the location of offenders within a certain radius. The registry can also search for an offender by address, name, city, county, zip code, or offender type. Last year, Montana’s SVOR website had over 229,000 visits and 1.4 million page views.