For the first time in two Louisiana parishes, police are mandating sex offenders post warning signs on Halloween.
“No trick, no treat, no candy,” the posters in Louisiana’s St. Tammany and Washington parishes read, NOLA reports.
The words will serve to alert parents a sex offender lives in that home.
“There’s never been any problem I’m aware of,” said Kevin Hidalgo, district manager for the Probation and Parole office for St. Tammany and Washington parishes. “We just want to make sure there aren’t any problems we can prevent.”
Only offenders still supervised by Probation and Parole are required to hang the signs.
Other Louisiana offenders, while not required to post these signs, are still restricted from engaging in many Halloween activities. These include distributing candy to minors, wearing masks and disguises, keeping porch lights on and opening the doors to children.
Not all states have the same restrictions on offenders as Louisiana does, NBC reports. Police everywhere strongly advise parents to be careful.
Authorities encourage parents to research state and parish sex offender registries online while planning where to send their kids trick-or-treating.
Each state has a website where parents can type in their ZIP code, which then provides a list of all offenders in the area.
Parents can quickly access these websites through Good Housekeeping, where the publication uploaded a comprehensive list of all 50 states’ registries.
Sources: NOLA, NBC, Good Housekeeping / Photo credit: cc-by-sa/Wikimedia Commons, NOLA