Roving bands of ghouls, goblins and inventive Hollywood monstrosities, armed only with smiles and empty bags for treats, once a year invade neighborhoods across the United States. Small, shrill squeals of innocent fear accentuated with laughter and excitement floats in the air. This is the age-old ceremony of All Hallows’ Eve, more popularly known as Halloween.
It is a time where children and precocious young adults can have a night packed with make believe and enjoy unadulterated fright-filled fun with friends and family. Yet, lurking behind all these sociable, community-led activities, is a looming specter of subversion, in the form of a parents most fundamental horror: Sexual predators.
Parents across the nation will actively let their children go door-to-door on the thirty-first of October every year, asking complete strangers for candy. Note the term “perfect strangers” was not used. Increasingly, all cultural norms aside, the logic behind a parent allowing their own child to walk up to a stranger’s door and ask for candy was one of highly strategic game of Russian Rolette.
Responsible parents would guide their children through the night, choosing what neighborhood and what house they would take their children to. And if such preventative measures were not taken, other equally effective methods were used to promote general safety, such as young adults moving in groups with the younger. Even with these preventative measures being put into effect the probability of unwanted criminal advancements, especially of a predatory sexual nature, could still be actively exploited upon. However, in an age of criminal databases, instant information and wireless communication, many of these problems can be alleviated with something as simple as a cellphone app.
The National Sex Offender Public website provides a free, comprehensive, downloadable app that provides an up-to-date list of all registered sexual predators and people who have been charged with domestic battery. This app includes global positioning satellite blips, much like Google maps, the residency of these personalities. Parents can vet and filter which neighborhood you take your children into using this app.
According to criminal.findlaw.com there is a law in Ca. that all registered sex offenders have a “No Candy” law on Halloween night. The “No Candy” law ensures that registered sex offenders do not pass out candy on Halloween. Also, going to www.criminalwatchdog.com before going out on Halloween will tell you every house near you with registered sex offenders.
This app, combined with constant vigilance, can greatly increase a parents chances in protecting their children and allowing them to have a night of innocent fright and fun. Download the NSOPW app in order to have safety at your fingertips.