Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 --- 9:00pm
While out with your kids on Halloween, you want to take them to houses with lights on. But, it's the opposite for Department of Corrections agents.
"Part of our duties as probation and parole agents is to protect the community and ensure our children's safety” says Maureen Schuck, a Department of Corrections Probation and Parole agent
Schuck and around 100 other agents are going to houses, in Dane County on October 31, that are not allowed to be handing out sweets.
"This is another way to show the community that we're looking out for their best interest” says Schuck.
The agents are visiting sex offenders with active supervisions There are over 5000 of them in the state and nearly 300 of them in Dane County.
"We check to see if there are lights on outside, if they have Halloween decorations outside or candy bowls, anything that might invite a child to come up to the residence” says Schuck “It's a children's holiday and we just wanna make sure that parents feel safe doing that.”
Also, you can always check the sex offender registry online. And if you see anything suspicious, agents urge you to call police.
"In today's society, all we keep hearing about is bullying. We hear about kids being picked up, meeting people online” she says. “We just want to give them that extra assurance that we're out there too patrolling our guys to make sure that their kids are safe."