St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert said this Halloween it is “crucial that you know which houses your children should avoid when trick-or-treating. I invite you to view our website, http://www.sheriffalerts.com/la/stmary, research neighborhoods and addresses that are important to you, and register to receive email notifications on registered sex offenders within proximity of these addresses.”
Once a user’s important addresses and email address have been registered the system will automatically alert them via email when an offender moves within a specified radius of the registered address. A user may register any and all addresses where their children spend a lot of time; for example friends, grandparents, or baby sitter’s addresses.
“Registering for this confidential email alert service allows us to monitor your important addresses for you, thereby keeping you up to date of newly registered offenders and making it unnecessary for you to have to check these addresses daily or even weekly,” Hebert said. “While visiting our website you can also view and print important safety tips to review with your children. The email notifications and discussing the various safety tips helps increase awareness.”
Offenders are not supposed to have their front porch lights on during Halloween, nor are they supposed to answer the door, the sheriff said.
“It is the goal of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office to provide accurate information to the public regarding the dangers of sexual predators, and to further build community awareness,” Hebert said. “To help us achieve this goal we utilize OffenderWatch to manage, monitor the whereabouts and conduct compliance checks of the registered sex offenders within our community. OffenderWatch is the nation’s leading sex offender management and community notification tool and we began using this software in 2008.
“Community Notification empowers you with the knowledge that can be used to protect yourself and your family from becoming victims. I firmly believe that the more educated and aware a community is of what and where the dangers lurk, the more success we have with our community notificationn program.”