Attorney General Fox Reminds Montanans of Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips
Attorney General Tim Fox 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 children across Montana prepare for Halloween activities, it’s a good time for their parents or guardians to talk with them about safety while trick-or-treating,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “It’s easy for children to forget basic safety rules in the midst of their excitement. Please take a few minutes before you head out on Halloween night to talk about where and how to trick-or-treat safely,” Fox added.
In addition to recommending adults always accompany young children trick-or-treating, Attorney General Fox suggests taking children only to familiar neighborhoods on Halloween night. Costumes with light or bright colors are best whenever possible, or trimmed with reflective tape. Remind children 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 tracks an average of 2,800 active sexual offenders and 3,900 active violent offenders at any given time. 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 214,000 visits and 1.3 million page views.