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AlterID: Helping families keep their children safe on Halloween

WASHOE COUNTY, Nev. - Halloween is one of the most anticipated nights of the year. AlertID offers these tips on how families can stay safe while out trick or treating:

• Parents should be familiar with homes and occupants on their child's trick-or-treat route. Parents may register for FREE at AlertID.com, enter their address and instantly see an easy-to-read map showing sex offenders residing or working in the vicinity as well as view sex offenders wherever they are with the AlertID free mobile app. Members also receive alerts when new sex offender data becomes available.

• Children should wear reflective tape on their costumes and carry flashlights or glow sticks when trick-or-treating during evening hours.

• Snap a photo of the child prior to heading out on Halloween night and upload it, along with an accurate, up-to-date description, to AlertID's My Family Wallet (located on AlertID's free mobile app). If the child goes missing, members may access the information on their smartphones and send it instantly to law enforcement when every moment counts.

• Only approach homes that are well lit, both inside and out; instruct children never to enter a home without parental permission.

• Children should always trick-or-treat with a trusted adult or older child to supervise.

• Younger children should always be accompanied all the way to the door of the home when trick-or-treating.

• In the event they are grabbed by a stranger, instruct children to yell "This person is trying to take me!" or "This is not my mother/father!" and to resist by pulling, walking or running away.

• Stay in contact with your neighbors not only on Halloween night, but also throughout the year, by using AlertID's Secure Social Network. See something suspicious in the neighborhood while out trick-or-treating? Members may send an alert to the neighborhood or homeowner's association Secure Social Network group, or even instantly report it directly to the Department of Homeland Security.

"Being aware of potential threats in their neighborhoods is crucial to helping families and communities protect themselves," said Keli Wilson, mom of three and founder, AlertID. "Our mission is to provide information and tools to help protect families and communities not just on Halloween, but every day."

To sign up for a free account or for more information, go to www.AlertID.com.

AlertID helps protect families and communities by making the country's public safety information universally accessible. The Nevada-based company has proven to help reduce crime and uses the newest technology to create instant, two-way communications between citizens and federal, state and local authorities to provide immediate information on crime, terrorism or natural disasters that can threaten the safety of your family and community.

AlertID provides every-day protection for your family and community at no cost to you. For additional information or to sign up for a free account for your Incline Village neighborhood, go to www.AlertID.com.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Oct 25, 2012 11:28AM Published Oct 25, 2012 11:27AM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.