Sheriff Mike Moore reports that he and his officers along with Boone County Reserves have been working the last three days on a yearly sex offender resident verification project called Operation Safe Scare.
This project involves verifying that sex offenders are actually living at the residence that they have reported as living at, which is a part of their reporting requirements. The project coincides with Halloween in an effort to keep the children and general public safe during trick or treating.
Sheriff Moore has provided each of the offenders that are registered with Boone County a sign that warns any people that approach an offender’s house that no trick or treats are offered at that location. At this time 73 sex offender residences have been physically verified. Verification is continuing until every offender’s residence has been checked.
As a result of the verification process officers have found 4 cases where investigations have been initiated into possible reporting violations along with 1 arrest made.
Also, please remember these tips when trick or treating:
Have each child carry or wear something lit, (such as a flashlight, glow bracelet or necklace)
Avoid costumes that drag on the ground.
Be sure a child's mask allows full visibility and breathing.
Only trick or treat at houses that have porch or other lights on.
Keep track of time and try not to trick or treat after 9 p.m.
Inspect your child’s treat bag after each stop.
Keep watch for hazards in the yard (trip hazards, dogs, etc.)