Halloween program keeps kids safe from sex offenders

Halloween program keeps kids safe from sex offenders

AMARILLO, TX - "Operation Lights Out" monitors sex offender activity on Halloween.

This program has been in place for over a decade.

Even with new alternatives coming out, this program has proved so successful that there are no plans on changing.

Terry Easterling, Director of Adult Probation for Potter, Randall and Armstrong counties says they've had very few issue with the program since it started.

He says the offenders are very compliant, and know about the program months in advance.

About a dozen probation officers are sent out around dusk on Halloween evening to check for two things:

1. Offenders don't have their houses decorated.

2. Their porch lights are turned off.

These precautions are taken so that kids don't accidentally go trick-or-treating at a registered sex offender's house.

Another way to make sure this doesn't happen is to check if there are any sex offenders where you plan on taking your kids on Halloween.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has a tool on their website where you can enter your zip code or county and see a map of how many sex offenders are in your area.

You can access that tool here.