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Officials keep tabs on sex offenders during Halloween

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"They can't do anything to allow even people to come to their house and trick or treat," said Cpt. Stryde Jones, Lowndes County Sheriff's Office. (Source:WALB) "They can't do anything to allow even people to come to their house and trick or treat," said Cpt. Stryde Jones, Lowndes County Sheriff's Office. (Source:WALB)
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"With the changing times and the change in crime we just have to be overly cautious especially with our children," said Steve Jones. (Source:WALB) "With the changing times and the change in crime we just have to be overly cautious especially with our children," said Steve Jones. (Source:WALB)
THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) -

Multiple law enforcement agencies in South Georgia are hitting the streets to keep children safe on Halloween.

Many area sheriff's offices plan to visit all registered sex offenders homes on Monday.

"They can't do anything to allow even people to come to their house and trick or treat," said Cpt. Stryde Jones, Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.

Most offenders have to follow strict guidelines on Halloween but not all of them are banned from participating.

"Probation, if they have a current parole and probation case they can not participate in any shape, fashion or form," said Stryde Jones.

This means no candy outside, no decorations, no lights on, and they can not sit outside appearing to welcome people to the door.

"You don't want to go to the wrong house and again I can't say it enough to go to houses of people that you know," said Cpt. Steve Jones, Thomas County Sheriff's Office.

Law enforcement will be making visits tonight to houses of registered sex offenders to do checks.

They said tonight they have to be able to know offenders exact whereabouts.

"They need to be at their house or their place of employment," said Stryde Jones.

Lowndes County says they arrested 10 register offenders last year, a high number that they hope goes down this year.

"If they choose not to listen to the warnings that we've issued to them then we will act accordingly," said Stryde Jones.

All in all, it's about having fun and staying safe while doing so.

"Halloween is driven by kids and we want it to be fun and we certainly don't want anything bad to happen to any child," said Stryde Jones.

"With the changing times and the change in crime we just have to be overly cautious especially with our children," said Steve Jones.

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