JACKSON NJ – Under Meghan’s Law, the State of New Jersey has created a database of child sexual predators and no other time of the year is this list as important as it is during Halloween. It’s a time when children and teens go door to door asking for candy and if COVID-19 hasn’t made this year’s celebration tricky, the New Jersey Meghan’s law database could help you create a safe night out for your children.
Ocean County Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari recommends parents and guardians check the Megan’s Law website to learn about any potential sex offenders that may live in their neighborhood, or neighborhoods where their children may be going door to door for candy. “This only takes a few minutes and can make a big difference in keeping a child safe,” Vicari said in recent years during the Halloween season.
Here are some safety tips you should consider when trick-or-treating this year.
- An adult should accompany young children when going door to door.
- Trick-or-treat only on well-lit streets in the child’s neighborhood or in an area they are familiar with.
- Only approach a house that has outside lights on.
- Never walk on the shoulder of the road. Use sidewalks or walk on the grass.
- Trick-or-treaters should carry flashlights.
- Parents should carefully check all candy before children eat their treats.
- Parents should teach children to walk and not run as they go from house to house.
- Hand sanitizer should be used by children.
- Trick-or-Treaters should wear face masks when knocking on doors.
- Groups should maintain their six foot social distancing.
This sex offender Internet registry includes information pertaining to sex offenders determined to pose a relatively high risk of re-offense (tier 3 offenders) and, with certain exceptions, information about sex offenders found to pose a moderate risk of re-offense (tier 2 offenders). The Internet registry excludes any information about offenders determined to present a low risk of re-offense (tier 1 offenders).
The information about moderate and high risk sex offenders which is authorized for disclosure in this web site includes: the offender’s name and address, any aliases used by the offender; any Megan’s Law sex offenses committed by the offender, including a brief description and the date and location of disposition of any such offense; a general description of the offender’s modus operandi, if any; the determination of whether the risk of re-offense by the offender is moderate or high; the offender’s age, race, sex, date of birth, height, weight, hair, eye color and any distinguishing scars or tattoos; a photograph of the offender and the date on which the photograph was entered into the registry; and the make, model, color, year and license plate number of any vehicle operated by the offender.
The Internet registry is continually updated with information about additional registrants added as court orders are issued authorizing Internet disclosure about those individuals.