Project Lights Out Aimed at Keeping Kids Safe on Halloween - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/28/05

Project Lights Out Aimed at Keeping Kids Safe on Halloween

You'll soon hear the knocking of little trick-or-treaters at you door. But more than 250 Lubbockites won't be able to give any goodies. That's because Project Lights Out is trying to keep your kids safe and away from convicted sex offenders.

"Now that we know there's quite a bit in this area it may keep us from trick-or-treating in this area," said parent Sam Rodriguez.

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Sam lives in South Lubbock and knows there's a sex offender living right across the street from his family. He says Project Lights Out will help those parents who don't know where sex offenders live.

"Especially around trick-or-treating...there are so many kids going to be out door to door, you don't know who's house you're knocking on," said Rodriguez.

"They're predators. They pray upon children and a lot of these most violent crimes have been against 2-year-olds, 5-year-olds, or 6-year-olds, and we have to do everything we can to protect our children," said Lubbock City Councilman Gary Boren.

It's called Project Lights Out because starting Monday evening sex offenders must be inside their homes with all the lights off, their blinds must be closed, and under no circumstances may they answer the door, even if trick-or-treaters do come knocking.

Boren says while parents keep a watchful eye on their kids Halloween night, law enforcement will be watching the sex offenders.

"The Lubbock Police Department will have two officers who will be out checking on Halloween night checking to make sure that is taking place," said Boren.

Probation officers will also be out searching for violators.

"If they're going to be doing surprise checks on people to see if they're not supposed to have their lights on, I'm all for it," said Rodriguez.

And for father's like Sam, just the switch of a light will help keep his kids safe this Halloween.

"It's going to change the way we trick-or-treat," Rodriguez said.

If caught violating the rules on Halloween night, a sex offender can expect to suffer a variety of consequences. The penalties range from a minimum of performing community service to a maximum punishment of jail time.

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