POSTED: Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 10:21am
UPDATED: Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 10:24am
EDINBURG - Edinburg police are making sure no tricks are played on unsuspecting trick or treaters. They are out visiting all the registered sex offenders in the city of Edinburg.
It's now a protocol on Halloween, because city officials passed a new ordinance pertaining to registered sex offenders. The ordinance has police checking up on registered sex offenders that are no longer on parole or probation.
"They are a danger to our children. Because they have offended once, what's to keep them from doing it again. That is our concern, it's all about protecting our children," said Chief Rolando Castaneda, Edinburg Police.
There are over 300 sex offenders registered in Edinburg.
Investigator Ramirez is one of the officers that is going door to door.
Police are looking for three things. First, that the house has a no candy sign posted. Second, that the porch light is off. And third, that the registered sex offender is home.
Chief Casteneda said violations could potentially lead to arrests
"Our sex offender investigator will definitely look into it and maybe present it to the district attorney's office for further prosecution," said Castaneda.
Some homes are in full compliance... but some are not.
"I don't see the sign saying no candy, and from the information I have he should be staying at this place.a car registered to him is there, but no one answers the door," said Invg. James Ramirez.
Ramirez calls in the house and now this ordinance violator will potentially be cited and fined up to $2000.