Halloween is just around the corner. But before you or your kids get caught up in the fun, Webb County's Probation Office says parents need to take precaution. There are 64 sexual offenders listed on probation. And even more not listed with that office.
Halloween is filled with decorations, ghosts and goblins and things that go bump in the night. But be wary that certain locations are not fit for trick or treating. Annette Perez, of the Webb County Probation Office, says sexual offenders live in areas throughout the Laredo map. Offenders are prohibited from taking part in the Halloween fun.
"They shouldn't have decorations at all throughout the month of October and November."
Perez says probation officers keep a close eye this time of year, but ask the public to do their part. The Probation Office urges the community to use their website, the Texas Department of Public Safety website, to track registered offenders. The public can report them if they have decorations and if their lights are not off on Halloween.
Since only 64 predators are listed on probation with Webb County Perez stresses, "We have only our registered sex offenders, but there are others out there that we have no control over so make sure you know who lives where." That's why she wants parents to watch out.
One parent agrees that sometimes checking the database for sex offenders during Halloween slips their mind."Some of us could be closed minded. We focus on costumes and maybe it's a subject we don't think about."
However, if you enter zip codes in the DPS website you'll find offenders listed on just some of the following streets. On 78045 predators are listed for Idylwood, Rolling Hills and International. Indiana Street, Mulberry and Olive are streets of concern in 78041. And in South and Central Laredo areas, Musser, Clark, and Frost and then San Salvador and Pine. This is something some parents may or may not be are already aware of.
Another parent gives a final word of warning: "It's really important. You got to be active about it. No one will take care of your kids in Laredo,. You got to take care of your kids yourself."
Webb County Probation will detain sexual predators listed with their office on Halloween night from 6 to 10 at night. But again, they need your help reporting any of those offenders with decorations as of now. You'll find more street listings than those we listed on the DPS website with offenders.
That website is: records.txdps.state.tx.us
Be sure to click on zip codes and text during that search.