New initiative to protect trick-or-treaters in Butler County

New initiative to protect trick-or-treaters in Butler County

BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A new initiative launched Friday night to help keep kids safe this Halloween. 

The Butler County Sheriff's Office is now using simple metal detectors to make sure there's no tricks in your treats. 

"We'll put it on the X-Ray here and throw it through the machine and be able to tell if there's any metal, razor blades, pins, needles,anything in there," said Deputy Mark Smith with the Butler County Sheriff's Office. 

On Friday families who had never heard of the idea say it's another way to look after your kids. 

"I think it's an excellent way to make sure that your kids are getting good stuff and they're not getting some junkies mess up and just other bad stuff that might come through," said Chris Thomas. 

Deputy Mark Smith says this concept isn't completely new, but it's something they're trying out to make sure that kids are as safe and possible. 

"Back in the day when we used to trick or treat the hospitals used to do it. You'd be able to take some of your bigger candy to the hospital and they'd be able to check it out so I could see this definitely becoming a trend," said Smith. 

The Sheriff's Office also encouraged residents to check out their website for registered sex offenders and to avoid those homes. The site says there's more than 500 registered sex offenders in Butler County alone. 

"Anything you can do to make their trick or treating a little bit more fun and safer is awesome," said Thomas. 

If you're interested in finding out if there's sex offenders in your neighborhood, you can register to be notified by email when one moves within one mile of your address. 

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