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Law enforcement urges parents to plan ahead for Halloween

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

While Halloween makes for a fun holiday, there are some safety tips law enforcement wants to remind parents of. 

When it comes to costumes, make sure your kids are wearing bright or reflective clothing and that they fit. Tiffany Taylor with Lubbock Police suggests mapping a route ahead of time. One easy way is to check the Nextdoor App. 

"They have a treat map that allows different neighbors to mark whether or not they'll be handing out candy," Taylor said.

She adds to check LPD's website for the sex offender map. This will help avoid those homes. 

"It's not uncommon that throughout the year that our officers will do random compliance checks for registered sex offenders, and that is something that they'll do on Halloween as well," Taylor said.

Captain Joseph Gilliam with Lubbock Sheriff's office said there is certain rules offenders on parole or probation must follow. For parole, the have to be indoors by 5 p.m. on Halloween night through 5 a.m. the next day. 

Probation is a little different. Gilliam said they are not suppose to have lights on or hand out candy. If they do have to be outside the home for class, school, or work, they are suppose to notify their probation officer. 

Gilliam also suggest going to a Halloween event to void that problem all together. 

"It has all of our kids in one spot, usually trunk or treats are in church parking lots," Gilliam said. "So you have all the parents, it's lined up, center of a parking lot, they're not necessarily close to a street, they're not necessarily trying to cross streets or busy traffic." 

If you do decide to stay in your neighborhood, Taylor said LPD will do its part to make sure it is safe. 

"We always encourage our families to again, know where they're going, check that sex offender map, and on our end, our officers will do random compliance checks," Taylor said.

Taylor adds that drivers should pay extra attention, especially when backing in or out of a driveway. It is best to slow down and of course stay off your phone.

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