Police issue Halloween warning to parents of trick-or-treaters

Officers recommend checking sex offender registry

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. - Halloween is an exciting time for kids, but it can be a scary time for parents.

It's just about the only time of year kids have the OK to knock on strangers' doors, but authorities say guardians should do their research beforehand.

"It seems these days it's even scary for parents, to even have this kind of event where children walk up to a random stranger's door and ask for something," said guardian Kenneth Spurlock. "That seems scarier than half the costumes they put on the shelves these days."

Johnson County Sheriff's Department is reminding parents about an important tool -- their sex offender registry.

"As a parent, I would want to make sure that I was with my kids to make sure they're not in that situation," said Sgt. Andy Fisher, with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department. "It's more for maybe your younger teens that could be by themselves trick or treating, to make them aware of it, if you want to give them a residence that they should stay away from." 

The registry can be accessed from the sheriff's website.

Some parents said they rely on more old fashioned measures to keep their children safe, but they appreciate the information anyway.

"I think it's unfortunate that we need it," said Jason Randolph. "I think parents should take the responsibility to watch their own kids and as long as they're supervising their kids well they shouldn't have to worry about it."

Johnson County authorities estimate they have more than 140 sex offenders living in the county, not including offenders who come to the community for work.

For more information about Johnson County trick-or-treat times and additional safety tips, click here.

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