LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Halloween is an exciting holiday for children, but it can also be dangerous
"With all of the excitement that Halloween brings, it's easy to let your guard down," said NCPC President and CEO Ann M. Harkins. Harkins said parents and children need to keep safety in mind while trick-or-treating.
Harkins suggest parents map out their child's trick-or-treat route. They should be familiar with homes and occupants of the homes. For a list of registered sex offenders, parents can register for free at AlertID.com, enter their address and instantly see an easy to read map showing sex offenders residing or working the vicinity.
"Being aware of potential threats in our neighborhoods is crucial to helping families and communities protect themselves," said Keli Wilson, mom of three and founder, AlertID. "Our mission is to provide information and tools to help protect families and communities not just on Halloween, but every day."
If your concerned for you child's safety, Wilson said snap a photo of the child prior to heading out on Halloween night and upload it, along with an accurate, up-to-date description, to AlertID's My Family Wallet™ (located on AlertID's free mobile app). If the child goes missing, members may access the information on their smartphones and send it instantly to law enforcement when every moment counts. Make sure that the photo includes a complete view of the child from head to toe.
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