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Georgetown alerting residents to avoid sex offender homes during trick-or-treating

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GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) - The Georgetown Sheriff's Office is urging all parents to visit the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office webpage www.gcsheriff.org, to ensure safety during Halloween. Several sex offenders are registered and the Sheriff's Office wants the public to be informed.

The GCSO said to visit the Sex Offender Registry link to view the sex offenders registered in Georgetown County. Sheriff Lane Cribb wants parents to be aware of the 115 registered offenders in Georgetown and where they live so parents can prevent children from visiting these homes during trick-or-treating.

A useful website http://www.offenderwatch.com/  provides information to keep citizens informed about sex offenders living within Georgetown County.

This program should be beneficial to all citizens of Georgetown County because of the following statistics:

  • 45% of sexual assault victims are under 12 years of age.
  •  75% of sexual assault victims know their attacker.
  •  Estimated 80% of all addresses have at least one sex offender within 1 mile.
  •  Over half of sexual assaults occur within one mile of the victim’s home.
  •  Sex offenders live in the richest and the poorest of neighborhoods.

During Halloween Keep in Mind These Safety Tips for Georgetown County Children:

  • You or a responsible adult should always accompany children ages 12 and under when trick-or-treating.
  • Children over 12, responsible enough to go without you, should stay in groups, follow an agreed upon route, and watch for cars.
  • Teach your children to never enter any home without you or your permission and only approach well-lit homes.
  • Teach children to bring treats home before eating them and eat only factory-wrapped treats, unless you know the giver well.
  • Remind children to stay in well-lit areas, never take shortcuts, and never go into isolated areas.
  • Teach your children to say no and get away from any person or situation which makes them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused; even if it means yelling, kicking, attracting attention, or any means of resisting.

If access to the internet is not possible, please call the sheriff’s office at 843-546-5102 and information regarding sex offenders in a particular area will be provided to you.

For coverage on sex offender information in Horry County, visit here.

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