Police work to make sure child predators don't have access to kids on Halloween. (10/31/2013)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
As kids go trick-or-treating in their neighborhoods, parole and probation from the Nevada Department of Public Safety are going door-to-door, too. They're making sure sexual predators aren't trying to take advantage of children in an effort called Operation Trick-or-Treat.
It's the ninth year the officers conducted the operation, trying to scare off sex offenders from doing anything that could make a child think it's safe to knock on their doors, or enter their homes.
Officers hoped to visit more than 400 homes this Halloween.
High-risk sex offenders had to sign Halloween contracts agreeing to stay home on Halloween if they're not working, according to DPS Sgt. Brian Zana. He says offenders can only answer the door for an officer and must leave their porch lights off. They're also not allowed to display any Halloween decorations.
Zana says the department does random checks on registered offenders all year, but it's extra important on a holiday like Halloween.
"You have a bunch of children running around in cute outfits. Not all of them have parental supervision. It's just a bigger temptation for them," Zana explained.
He says offenders aren't allowed to have drugs, alcohol, pornography, or most electronic devices in their homes, either.
Anyone breaking the rules will be arrested, officers say, and the punishments vary depending on the offender's sentence.
Last Halloween, the operation led to four arrests.
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