Keeping kids safe this Halloween

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 8:48am

Halloween might be the time of ghostly ghouls and creepy goblins, but Shreveport's own Special Victim's Unit of sort is making sure that they are all the other worldly sort, and not scary people, looking to prey on children.

While in many areas of the state, all sex offenders will be called in to their probation offices to update information, and go over rules and regulations, in the Shreveport/ Bossier area, there are too many to make that feasible. This area has more sex offenders than any other area, with about 200 active cases.

All sex offenders were mailed a letter in early October, reminding them that they were not to take part in any Halloween activities, but just in case, the Sex Offender Task Force will be performing random checks on Halloween night, and will have a zero tolerance policy on offenders they find breaking the rules.

Even though they will be out in full force, the Probation and Parole Department want to remind people to watch their kids closely on Halloween and use common sense when Trick or Treating.

There are also several websites to search for sex offenders to make sure they are avoided. While it is great to stay educated and safe for Halloween, sex offenders are released every day, so knowledge and education could be an everyday mission, not just one for the holidays.

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