By Christie Post - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Children across the South Plains will head out this weekend to go trick- or-treating, and Lubbock Police have some safety reminders for parents.
For the third year in a row, federal probation officers will be spending their Halloween educating sex offenders. About 75 offenders are required to attend an educational program from the hours of 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Halloween night, but that's not all offenders in the county.
"If they are on parole, if their victim is a juvenile then the parole officer tells them to basically keep what's called their lights out. They have to keep their lights off, their doors shut and can't have any decorations out there," said Lubbock Police Department Sergeant, Mike Long.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Registry, there are 446 offenders in Lubbock County. So probation officials stress for the public to know those not on parole or probation are not restricted.
"Anyone else convicted of a crime against a child that is not on probation or parole, they do not have any restrictions. They can actually celebrate Halloween, leave their lights on and actually give out candy," said Sgt. Long.
On hallows eve some parents need to be aware and cautious, but not just for sex offenders.
"You never go inside of a house of someone you don't know. And when you get back with your candy, you want to inspect that to make sure there is no issues with that. No open boxes or wrappers, if there are you just need to throw them away," said Sgt. Long.
And those not participating in trick or treating for candy police said they need to remember some important safety measures.
"That the kids are running out in the streets and some of them are wearing the dark costumes. That's on of our biggest problems is just kids being out in the middle of the night with no light and all of a sudden darting in front of cars," said Sgt. Long.
If you are concerned about a possible sex offender living in your neighborhood or where your kid is trick or treating, Police said go to their website at LubbockPolice.com - click on the Registered Sex Offender tab- once the page loads you can put your zip code in and it will tell you all the sex offenders around you.
Here are some other recommended guidelines from the Lubbock Police Department:
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