Efforts to have a safe Halloween in Fresno
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- This Halloween, thousands of kids across the valley spent the night collecting candy. But, trick or treaters weren't the only ones going door-to-door.
Law enforcement spent the night checking up on registered sex offenders.
"Can you pick one? Can you get your hand in there?"
For most kids, Halloween is the time of year to dress up in costumes and collect candy. But for parents, it's just one more reason to be concerned and cautious.
"Kind of scary, but we just make sure they don't go anywhere alone."
"Watch them. It's as simple as that. You just watch them and go with them. Don't let them out of your sight."
Parents who chose not to bring their kids door-to-door opted to go car to car instead. Hundreds attended the annual "Trunk or Treating" event at New Covenant Community Church in Northeast Fresno. Parents say it's a safer alternative on Halloween. "It's just a safe happy environment. A lot of the parents know each other here. Everything is closely watched. All the fun without the nervousness."
To ease some of that nervousness, State Parole Officers spent the night checking up on registered sex offenders. More than 2,000 registered sex offenders live in Fresno and Fresno County. On Halloween, parolees have a 5 p.m. curfew. They are also required to keep their lights off and not answer the door to trick or treaters.
This man was taken into custody after officers found him out of compliance.
"They all have GPS monitors, and I pulled him up, actually going to his residence and I noticed right away that he wasn't in his residence so the GPS led us to his location, which was in violation of his conditions for tonight."
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