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Jonesboro, AR -- Heather Flanigan Reports

Find Out Who Is Handing Out Candy on Halloween

October 30, 2006 -Posted at 6:39 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- Parents already worry about razor-blade spiked apples and poisoned candy when they send their kids out trick-or-treating.  There is a growing concern that children could unknowingly be seeking treats from sex offenders living close by.  Some communities require offenders to report for educational programs on Halloween night, while others simply bar them from putting so much as a pumpkin on their front porch.

There are 7,000 registered sex offenders living in the state of Arkansas and with Halloween nearly here, chances are you could be inadvertently ringing one of their doorbells.

"Just use good sense on where you allow your children to trick or treat and be aware of the homes of where they are going to," said JPD Detective Ernest Ward, "Also, be sure to stay with them and keep an eye on them."

Detective Ward registers sex offenders that move to Jonesboro.  Currently, there are 92 living within the city limits that have been assessed as Level 1, 2 or 3.

"We have no level 4s living in Jonesboro, no registered level 4s living in Jonesboro at this time," said Ward.

Before you take off trick-or-treating...find out just who is in your neighborhood.  Acic.org keeps track of all registered sex offenders in Arkansas.  A simple click of the mouse can keep your Halloween from turning scary.  But the best advice is to go where you know.

"If you can, just go to homes you know, that's a lot safer.  If you only do that and you just go to the people you know and the people you trust, your kids are safer, you're safer," said Ward.

There are more than 500,000 registered sex offenders nationwide. 

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