Trick or Treat Halloween celebration is a huge hit for children as they take delight not only in dressing up in imaginative or scary costumes but in gathering as many candies as they could. However, the occasion can also be a time and opportunity for danger to kids as horrific pedophiles and predators may take advantage of the merry-making to victimize unsuspecting children.
As such, law enforcement in Collin County in Texas took no chances to ensure that children will be safe from similar attacks, and that registered sex offenders will keep their distance from kids participating in Halloween Trick or Treat.
The night before All Hallows’ Eve, the Collin County Sheriff’s Office went out to verify the location of dozens of sex offenders.
Using the available information from the Registered Sex Offender list in the county, deputies, and investigators with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), they checked some 80 sex offenders and verified their whereabouts.
As per law, sex offenders are not allowed to give out candies to children or participate in any Trick or Treat related activities, especially on All Hallows’ Eve. They should not even light their porch to indicate they are open for Trick or Treaters.
Collin County law enforcement said the in-person confirmation was “intentionally scheduled for the day preceding Halloween.”
The verification included confirming the addresses of registered sex offenders, the type of vehicles they drive, and their place of employment.
Sheriff Jim Skinner said: “Going forward, out patrol deputies will now randomly make these unannounced visits on a regular basis with registered sex offenders who live in Collin County.”
State law requires registered sex offenders to regularly update their personal information as a condition of parole.
Skinner said that their verification process prior to the All Hallows’ Eve was successful.