Thursday, October 31, 2013

If sex offenders are no more likely to offend on Halloween, why the collective freakout?

Jill Levenson, an associate professor at Lynn University, said that the greatest risk to trick-or-treaters is getting hit by a car. Researchers at the Florida school determined that there was no change in sexual assaults during Halloween, or even in the weeks that followed, in comparison to the rest of the year.

“The laws restricting sex offenders make parents and communities feel safer, but there’s no proof that they reduce the risk of sexual abuse,” Levenson said. “Law enforcement should be directing their efforts towards crimes that are more commonly seen on Halloween, like vandalism.”
Via The Dallas Morning News

Sometimes law enforcement efforts are to combat the public's perception of a problem and not an actual problem.


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