GEORGETOWN – Sheriff Lane Cribb urges all parents to log on to the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office website at www.gcsheriff.org and click on the Sex Offender Registry link to view the sex offenders registered in Georgetown County. Sheriff Lane Cribb wants all parents to know the identity of the 126 registered sex offenders in Georgetown County and where they live so parents can prevent their children from visiting these homes during door to door trick-or-treating. Halloween is one of the best times for citizens to utilize the program.
OffenderWatch is an integration into our website along with community notification that allows us to keep citizens highly informed about sex offenders living within Georgetown County.
OffenderWatch is also a tool for citizens to search and view sex offender’s data for a particular neighborhood in a form they can readily use such as geographic risk assessment and community email notifications.
This program should be beneficial to all citizens of Georgetown County because of the following statistics:
45% of sexual assault victims are under 12 years of age.
75% of sexual assault victims know their attacker.
Estimated 80% of all addresses have at least one sex offender within 1 mile.
Over half of sexual assaults occur within one mile of the victim’s home.
Sex offenders live in the richest and the poorest of neighborhoods.
*Source: United States Department of Justice and Watchsystems LLC.
During Halloween Keep in Mind These Safety Tips for Georgetown County Children:
You or a responsible adult should always accompany children ages 12 and under when trick-ortreating.
Children over 12, responsible enough to go without you, should stay in groups, follow an agreed upon route, and watch for cars.
Teach your children to never enter any home without you or your permission and only approach well-lit homes.
Teach children to bring treats home before eating them and eat only factory-wrapped treats, unless you know the giver well.
Remind children to stay in well-lit areas, never take shortcuts, and never go into isolated areas.
Teach your children to say NO and GET AWAY from any person or situation which makes them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused; even if it means yelling, kicking, attracting attention, or any means of resisting.
If access to the internet is not possible, please call the sheriff’s office at 843-546-5102 and information regarding sex offenders in a particular area will be provided to you.