Predator panic on Halloween is unwarranted fear mongering


Halloween Warning: Beware of Predators | – Cleveland news & weather from WJW Television FOX 8.

It’s time for trick-or-treating, but going door-to-door can put your family at risk if you stop at the wrong house.

“As a community, we have to stick together because that’s the only way we’re going to be safer,” said a father who wants to remain anonymous. A few years ago, two of his three children were sexually abused and the crime forever changed their lives. During the Halloween season, his fear of exposing his children to strangers is heightened.

Sex offenders are everywhere. According to Steve Vukmer with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, there are approximately 5,000 registered in Cuyahoga County alone. “There are sex offenders living all around, they’re in all communities, they’re in all areas, people are surprised, I think, when they find that out,” said Vukmer.

This story is ridiculous. Yes, GO with your children on Halloween. But do kids get grabbed and taken into houses? NO. The real risk is they get hit by cars. That’s the facts. Scaring people with trumped up fears of a sex offender on every corner is atrocious and untrue. BOOOOO!!!!This story sucks.

  4 comments for “Predator panic on Halloween is unwarranted fear mongering

  1. October 31, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    The US has become paranoid beyond my understanding.

  2. Kristen
    October 31, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    When I was a kid in the 70s everyone worried about apples with needles or razor blades in them, and you couldn’t eat anything that wasn’t store bought and still sealed – heaven forbid anyone go through the trouble to make homemade candies – even if they were from the little old lady down the block, you had to throw it away – just to be safe! Pure idiocy! Sexual predators are just the current bugaboo. It is very sad – we spend our time worrying about the wrong things instead of enjoying life 🙁

  3. Wesley
    October 31, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Since when were all sex offenders paedophiles?

  4. Kate
    November 1, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    I agree that to a very large extent child sexual predators are the current monster under the bed. But they aren’t completely imaginary. We had a neighbor go to federal prison a couple of years ago for trafficking child pornography. The real problem I have with this story is that I’m sure my kids were safer on Halloween night than they were playing in my yard during the day. The greatest threat from sexual predators to children comes, not from strangers, but from adults they know and trust. On Halloween night my kids were in a large group, there were lots of parents and kids on the streets and the police were driving around. There would be more chance of being seen grabbing a kid in that environment than at just about any other time of year. It would have been a much better use of air time to remind parents to make sure their kids are visible to cars and remember to look both ways before crossing the street.

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