SARASOTA (WWSB) - On this Halloween, some local law enforcement are knocking on the doors of those who are asked not to come in contact with kids. Before trick or treaters head out the door, Manatee County deputies will be knocking on the doors of registered sexual offenders and predators to make sure they’re not trying to lure kids near their homes.
Randy Warren, A spokesperson with the Sheriff’s Office, says right now there are about 500 sexual predators and 60 offenders that live within the county.
“What we’re trying to do is remind them to lay low. Maybe go somewhere else, don’t stay in the house. So don’t stay in the house. Maybe this is a good night for that sexual offender that’s trying to get their life back on track, they don’t need to pre-offend. Maybe it’s a good time for them to go to dinner somewhere. They already know what they’re allowed to do and not do. We want them to know that we’re checking up on them to make sure that they’re not inviting people to come to their home”, says Warren.
Warren says if any offender is seen talking to kids or putting decorations up at their home, seen giving out candy or even sitting on their porch while trick or treaters are out, they will be arrested for violating their probation.
Warren says Halloween is supposed to be fun and the last thing parents should do is put their kids in an awful situation.
Parents can look on local law enforcement apps which both Sarasota and Manatee counties provide.
Both apps and sites will provide where sex offenders and predators live.