SHERIFF: Parents should check sex offender registry before trick-or-treating

Here are the 158 places where registered sex offenders are in Fall River

A Georgia sheriff is taking his mission of protecting children a step further by posting "no trick or treat" signs outside the homes of registered sex offenders.

The statement continued, "Make sure you know who lives in the neighborhoods where your kids are trick-or-treating".

Long admitted that some of the more than 50 sex offenders in the county were not happy with the "preventive measure".

'But I'm not in the business of making them happy.

Operation Safe Halloween has been around for more than a decade to keep those convicted of sex crimes away from children on Halloween.

Each county includes an offender watch page on the county website. "That's a mistake, because a candy bar can be the very first step in a process for a sexual predator to start grooming a child".

Sheriff Gary Long, from Butts County in Georgia, unveiled the warning signs in a Facebook post Saturday.

Only a fraction of Vermont's sex offenders make it on the state's public registry.

Sheriff Long insists he has taken the unusual measure to ensure local children are kept safe.

"If we can do a follow up within 24 hours then we feel like we've at least tried to give somebody an opportunity", Terry said.

Dots represent each sex offender on the map. "NO TRICK-OR-TREAT AT THIS ADDRESS!" and feature a trick-or-treating bag covered over by the universal "no symbol".

A Georgia sheriff's office doesn't want trick-or-treaters knocking on the wrong door on Halloween.

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