Unfamiliar neighborhoods can be dangerous while trick-or-treatin - KULR8.com | News, Weather & Sports in Billings, Montana

Unfamiliar neighborhoods can be dangerous while trick-or-treating

Posted: Updated:
BILLINGS, Mont. -

Plenty of children are eagerly awaiting tomorrow night, but in their haste to fill their bags full of candy, they may find themselves knocking on the doors of homes they shouldn't. Local law enforcement had some safety tips that all parents and children should pay attention to.

Attorney General Tim Fox urges parents to review basic safety precautions with their children before they head out to trick-or-treat. That starts long before getting the costumes on. It starts with a visit to  Montana's Sexual or Violent Offender Online Registry.

Fox said checking this registry will help you know where sexual and violent offenders are near you and will help your children avoid potentially dangerous situations.

In a statement, the attorney general stated "It's important to talk to your children not only about how to trick-or-treat safely, but also about where. As families across Montana get ready for Halloween tomorrow, this is the time for parents and guardians to go online and visit Montana's Sexual or Violent Offender Registry to make sure your children don't trick-or-treat at the homes of registered offenders."

Besides recommending that adults stick with children while trick-or-treating, Tim Fox recommended taking children only to familiar neighborhoods on Halloween night.

Also decorate costumes with light or bright colors if possible, or trimming darker costumes with reflective tape. Fox recommends children should be encouraged to wait to eat their treats until an adult can inspect them. He also recommended parents should throw away any goodies that appear to be tampered with or are not commercially wrapped.

Montana's Sexual or Violent Offender Registry tracks an average of 2,300 sexual offenders and 3,300 violent offenders at any time. To go to their website and check to see if there are any offenders in your area, log onto https://app.doj.mt.gov/apps/svow/default.aspx

  • LocalMore>>

  • Fundraisers to be held for motorcyclist hit by vehicle

    Fundraisers to be held for motorcyclist hit by vehicle

    Thursday, April 19 2018 1:30 AM EDT2018-04-19 05:30:13 GMT

    A fundraiser is organized to help the man who was injured during a crash that happened one week ago on Aprill 11th. Police said David John Fischer ran into the side of a car while riding his motorcycle.

    A fundraiser is organized to help the man who was injured during a crash that happened one week ago on Aprill 11th. Police said David John Fischer ran into the side of a car while riding his motorcycle.

  • Suspensions ordered for 3 Billings police officers for having sex on city property

    Suspensions ordered for 3 Billings police officers for having sex on city property

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 11:44 PM EDT2018-04-19 03:44:51 GMT

    Billings Police Chief Rich St. John confirmed three Billings police officers admitted to having sex on city property with an employee of the department.

    Billings Police Chief Rich St. John confirmed three Billings police officers admitted to having sex on city property with an employee of the department.

  • Mother says MET bus nearly hit children heading to school

    Mother says MET bus nearly hit children heading to school

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 10:13 PM EDT2018-04-19 02:13:53 GMT

    Students crossing Lake Elmo Drive to get on their school bus were nearly hit Wednesday morning. It wasn't a car that allegedly nearly hit the kids but a Billings MET Transit bus.

    Students crossing Lake Elmo Drive to get on their school bus were nearly hit Wednesday morning. It wasn't a car that allegedly nearly hit the kids but a Billings MET Transit bus.

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Fundraisers to be held for motorcyclist hit by vehicle

    Fundraisers to be held for motorcyclist hit by vehicle

    Thursday, April 19 2018 1:30 AM EDT2018-04-19 05:30:13 GMT

    A fundraiser is organized to help the man who was injured during a crash that happened one week ago on Aprill 11th. Police said David John Fischer ran into the side of a car while riding his motorcycle.

    A fundraiser is organized to help the man who was injured during a crash that happened one week ago on Aprill 11th. Police said David John Fischer ran into the side of a car while riding his motorcycle.

  • Suspensions ordered for 3 Billings police officers for having sex on city property

    Suspensions ordered for 3 Billings police officers for having sex on city property

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 11:44 PM EDT2018-04-19 03:44:51 GMT

    Billings Police Chief Rich St. John confirmed three Billings police officers admitted to having sex on city property with an employee of the department.

    Billings Police Chief Rich St. John confirmed three Billings police officers admitted to having sex on city property with an employee of the department.

  • Mother says MET bus nearly hit children heading to school

    Mother says MET bus nearly hit children heading to school

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 10:13 PM EDT2018-04-19 02:13:53 GMT

    Students crossing Lake Elmo Drive to get on their school bus were nearly hit Wednesday morning. It wasn't a car that allegedly nearly hit the kids but a Billings MET Transit bus.

    Students crossing Lake Elmo Drive to get on their school bus were nearly hit Wednesday morning. It wasn't a car that allegedly nearly hit the kids but a Billings MET Transit bus.

  • A boom, a whoosh of air and then terror on Flight 1380

    A boom, a whoosh of air and then terror on Flight 1380

    Thursday, April 19 2018 4:33 AM EDT2018-04-19 08:33:54 GMT
    (Marty Martinez via AP). In this April 17, 2018 photo provided by Marty Martinez, Martinez, left, appears with other passengers after a jet engine blew out on the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 plane he was flying in from New York to Dallas, resulting i...(Marty Martinez via AP). In this April 17, 2018 photo provided by Marty Martinez, Martinez, left, appears with other passengers after a jet engine blew out on the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 plane he was flying in from New York to Dallas, resulting i...
    The terrifying string of events on Flight 1380 brought out acts of bravery among passengers and crew and drew across-the-board praise for the pilot.
    The terrifying string of events on Flight 1380 brought out acts of bravery among passengers and crew and drew across-the-board praise for the pilot.
  • Latest from BIA on the officer-involved shooting in Lodge Grass

    Latest from BIA on the officer-involved shooting in Lodge Grass

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 12:03 PM EDT2018-04-18 16:03:55 GMT

    Sunday night, KULR-8 broke news that a man allegedly armed with a knife was shot and killed by a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer. Tuesday, KULR-8 also learned BIA's protocols when it comes to police shootings involving their agency.

    Sunday night, KULR-8 broke news that a man allegedly armed with a knife was shot and killed by a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer. Tuesday, KULR-8 also learned BIA's protocols when it comes to police shootings involving their agency.

  • Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Company, Payscape, Opens Greenville, SC Office

    Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Company, Payscape, Opens Greenville, SC Office

    Atlanta-based financial technology company, Payscape, announces the grand opening of their office in Greenville, South Carolina and the first graduate of their Manager Candidate program, Rick Merritt. The office is...
    Atlanta-based financial technology company, Payscape, announces the grand opening of their office in Greenville, South Carolina and the first graduate of their Manager Candidate program, Rick Merritt. The office is located...
  • Man Goes Canoeing in Natural Runoff

    Man Goes Canoeing in Natural Runoff

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 6:47 PM EDT2018-04-17 22:47:46 GMT
    Flooding continues to have a big impact along the Hi-Line, with water affecting farmers and buildings. Despite the negatives, one resident in Big Sandy is using this as an opportunity to go canoeing. Josh Danreuther and his friends have been visiting the natural runoff around Big Sandy and enjoying time on their canoes and kayaks. Danreuther said his father used to go canoeing on the runoff back in the day, and he's been waiting for the opportunity to go himself. The only way thes...
    Flooding continues to have a big impact along the Hi-Line, with water affecting farmers and buildings. Despite the negatives, one resident in Big Sandy is using this as an opportunity to go canoeing. Josh Danreuther and his friends have been visiting the natural runoff around Big Sandy and enjoying time on their canoes and kayaks. Danreuther said his father used to go canoeing on the runoff back in the day, and he's been waiting for the opportunity to go himself. The only way thes...
  • WANTED: Erica Pearce for Felony Escape

    WANTED: Erica Pearce for Felony Escape

    Sunday, April 8 2018 11:36 AM EDT2018-04-08 15:36:48 GMT

    The Montana Department of Corrections is asking for the public's help to locate Erica Pearce. Pearce walked away from the Passages Community Corrections Program in Billings on Saturday, April 7th. 

    The Montana Department of Corrections is asking for the public's help to locate Erica Pearce. Pearce walked away from the Passages Community Corrections Program in Billings on Saturday, April 7th.