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Registered sex offenders face restrictions on Halloween

Registered sex offenders in many states around the country are restricted in their movements on Halloween. As discussed in a blog post at this time last year, New Jersey sex offenders have a curfew of 7 p.m. and are required to turn off lights and are prohibited from answering the door or giving out candy.  

In some states, sex offenders must put signs on their front door identifying them as sex offenders and as a house that does not give out candy. In other states, convicted sex offenders are required to attend classes on Halloween.

All this is required even though studies have not found that more sex crimes occur on Halloween or in the days surrounding the holiday than on other days of the year.

The study was published in 2009 by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and looked at when sex crimes were committed against children by someone outside their family between 1997 and 2005.

Children do face a greater risk of being hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on other days of the year. Motorists should be extra careful while driving on Halloween, and parents should make sure their kids wear bright clothing or a reflector and remind their kids of safety tips.

Source: CBS News, "Suffolk County Police To Keep Close Eye On Sex Offenders This Halloween," Oct. 26, 2011

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