Sheriff Henderson urges parents,
“Check sex offender registry before Halloween”
Did you know according to statistics from the Department of Justice and Watch Systems LLC, an estimated 80% of all addresses have at least one sex offender within one mile. Forty-five percent of all sexual assault victims are under twelve, and 75% of victims know their attacker. Over half of all sexual assaults occur within one mile of the victims home. Did you know currently there are 48 sex offenders in Pike County.
So before your children Trick-or-Treat this Halloween, Sheriff Henderson wants parents to have real-time access to sex offenders in your area.
“We do our best to ensure sex offenders live where they tell us, but it is up to our citizens to utilize these online tools to see who the registered sex offenders are and where they are living”, says Sheriff Henderson.
It is critical that you “Know Before You Go” this Halloween. Sheriff Henderson advises parents to go to www.pikecosheriff.com and click on the ESORN tab or go the Ohio Attorney Generals website at www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov and click on the Sex Offender Search tab at the bottom of the main page. Parents can quickly search for sex offenders in their area using the statewide database. Simply enter your home address to view printable map of your neighborhood and any offenders in the surrounding area.
“If you aren’t planning on Trick-or-Treating in your own neighborhood, but will be in a different neighborhood, register that address beforehand so you know which houses to avoid”, says Sheriff Henderson. The alerts are in real-time and sent out via email as soon as an offender has registered with the Sheriff’s Office.
There is no cost of this service to the public, and no limit to the number of addresses you can register. Your email address and physical address are all confidential.
With these resources available, Sheriff Henderson says parents can feel confident that they are armed with the necessary tools to keep their children safe this Halloween.
If you have questions, or need further help regarding the sex offender registry, contact Robert Cornwell, Executive Director of the Buckeye State Sheriffs Association at (217)-753-2372
The 21st Annual Pike County Sheriff’s Office Halloween Bash
The Pike County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the 21st Annual Halloween Bash on October 21st, 2014. The Halloween Bash will begin 6pm-9pm. Sign ups for the costume contest will be from 6pm-7pm, and the costume contest will begin at 7pm.
If anyone wishing to make a donation can contact the Pike County Sheriff’s Office at 740-947-2111