Operation Boo Targets Sex Offenders on Halloween

Paroled sex offenders not allowed to open doors while kids trick-or-treat

By Lauren Steussy
|  Friday, Oct 28, 2011  |  Updated 8:57 AM PDT
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Paroled sex offenders will only receive visits from one kind of costumed visitor this Halloween.

“Operation Boo” will send out parole officers to check up on paroled sex offenders in San Diego to ensure that they aren’t luring trick-or-treaters, according to the North County Times.

The sweep will help officers enforce the rules of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The rules forbid registered sex offenders on parole from leaving their homes from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Halloween night. The rules also require the offenders to leave their porches dark, without decorations or candy.

On Halloween, state parole officers will visit the houses of the offenders to make sure they are following the rules.

The NCT reports that there are 4,400 registered sex offenders who live in San Diego, but it is unclear how many of those offenders are on parole. The officers will not be checking on those offenders not on parole.

The San Diego Police Officer’s Association released a few tips as well to stay safe on Halloween:

1. Don’t venture out alone. Walk in groups while trick-or-treating. Parents should accompany young children. If a group is venturing out without an adult, make sure to discuss their route, expected behavior, and time of return.
2. Stay visible. Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see trick-or-treaters. Skip the black and wear bright colors.
3. Choose costumes carefully. A mask can obstruct your child's vision, especially if it slips out of place. Use kid-friendly makeup instead. Props can be fun, but think twice before using simulated knives, guns or swords. If such props must be used, be certain they do not appear authentic and are soft and flexible to prevent injury.
4. Look before you snack. Make sure your trick-or-treaters know to wait until they get home to enjoy their goodies. Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.
5. Be fire safe. Look for “flame resistant” labels on costumes, masks, beards and wigs or use fire resistant material when making costumes. Keep candles, pumpkins with candles, matches and lighters out of children’s reach.
6. On the road? Motorists should remain cautious and drive slowly. Caution children about running out from between parked cars or across lawns.
(Source: The San Diego Police Officer's Association)

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