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 children all across Montana are getting ready for Halloween activities tomorrow, now is a good time for their parents or guardians to talk with them about how to stay safe while trick-or-treating,” Attorney General Fox said. “It can be easy for children to forget about basic safety rules in the midst of all their excitement, so please take a few minutes before you head out on Halloween night to talk about not just how to trick-or-treat safely, but where as well.”
Attorney General Fox recommended choosing costumes with light or bright colors whenever possible, or trimming darker costumes with reflective tape. Additionally, children should be encouraged to wait to eat treats until a parent 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: https://dojmt.gov/wp-content/uploads/Halloween-Safety-Tips.pdf.
“Adults should always accompany small children trick-or-treating, and take them only to familiar neighborhoods,” added Attorney General Fox. “And before leaving home, parents can log on to Montana’s Sexual or Violent Offender Registry and make sure their children don’t trick or treat at addresses where registered offenders live.”
Montana’s SVOR, which tracks an average of 2,300 sexual offenders and 3,300 violent offenders at any given time, is viewable online at https://app.doj.mt.gov/apps/svow/default.aspx. On-line visitors may also register for free email notifications that allow them 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 of that address. The registry can also search for an offender by address, name, city, county, zip code, or offender type.