Keeping kids safe from real dangers

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — It’s about time to throw on costumes, wigs or face paint a grab a bucket.

Wednesday night is all about trick-or-treating and law enforcement is going the extra mile to keep kids safe from predators.

Several sheriff and police departments are going around to all the homes of registered sex offenders to make sure they’re not handing out candy. By law, it’s illegal for them to engage in any holidays with underage children.

Law enforcement reminds those who are registered not to turn on their porch lights. It’s so children will not come to their homes.

The past week, police and detectives have been going door-to-door to make sure no one intends on breaking the law.

In the last few days, they say they’ve only had to warn a handful of people; not many, but enough to let them know what they’re doing is necessary.

In Springfield alone, there are about 100 registered child sex offenders. Police say anyone caught preparing for Halloween is given a warning and reported to the state’s attorney’s office. If they’re caught in the act, they’ll be arrested.

Police say people don’t need to be worried because officers are doing their part. They do say to be careful while out trick-or-treating; wear bright colors so oncoming cars see you; most importantly, have fun and enjoy some good weather.

Other tips include staying in a group, carrying a cellphone, remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.

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