Lexington, SC (WLTX) - On Halloween thousands of children around the Midlands will dress in costumes and go door to door trick or treating, but agents were also hitting the streets to make sure that registered sex offenders were following the rules.
"It's very busy," said Senior Sex Offender Agent Beverley Noe.
There are more than 12,000 registered sex offenders in our state and for the past seven years Noe and her team have patrolled the Lexington County area on Halloween.
"I think it is very important, we want parents to feel comfortable and to allow their children to go out and enjoy this holiday without having to worry about safety."
There are a number of rules that sex offenders must abide by during Halloween like having a curfew from 5:30 - 9PM.
"They must have their exterior lights off, they cannot answer the door to anyone except law enforcement and they cannot hand out candy or attend any parties or festivals."
In her 14 years of working with sex offenders she says there have been no serious violations committed by an offender during Halloween.
"Nothing where we had anyone passing out candy or anything major like that."
Noe says even though there are rules in place to protect children during Halloween, she still believes that anytime a child goes trick or treating, a parent must accompany them.
"We would encourage parents to still go out with their kids and supervise their kids, but they can know that we are also out there checking on these sex offenders."
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