Sex Offenders in the Area: Where Not To Trick Or Treat
Kids have a lot of fun on Halloween. Getting dressed up, spending time as their favorite characters, getting buzzed on all the candy. But kids and parents need to remember to be safe as they are going around knocking on doors.
There are sexual offenders that live in the area. You can look at the images from Bing Maps below to see the ones in the Faribault, Northfield and Owatonna areas.
Please keep in mind, we are not telling you to avoid neighborhoods or cities. This is just as a precautionary guide to help you use your judgment on to where your children should go.
Faribault: Only three registered in Faribault this year, down from five in 2015. One address does not show up on the map. There is one at the 200 block of Willow Street.
Northfield: None reported in Northfield for 2016
Owatonna: Just one reported in Owatonna for 2016
There are numerous safe activities around the area. Have a happy and safe Halloween. And here are some basic tips to remember from Safe Kids.
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
- Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
- Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
Trick or Treat With an Adult
- Children younger than 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
- Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
- Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
- When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.