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Officers check on sex offenders for Halloween

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Some criminals could be headed back to jail if they are caught trick or treating. Travis County probation officers are enforcing the annual "Lights Out" program this year for registered sex offenders.

Officers will be out checking on the 64 registered sex offenders in the county who are not allowed to participate in Halloween activities. By law, offenders must stay inside their homes between 6 and 10 p.m. with their porch lights off.

"We're going to be visiting individuals who are required by the courts to not have contact with minors. We're going to be ensuring that they're not participating in any Halloween activities. For example not handing out candy or having any decorations," said Jose Louis Rodriguez, Travis County Adult Probation manager.

The program works. Travis County officers had not had a violator in five years.

As far as 6th Street is concerned, it will be closed off to traffic at 6 p.m.

If you do plan on going to the Entertainment District, remember minors must leave 6th street by 11 p.m. if not accompanied by an adult. No weapons are allowed as props. If you have a prop, it must be plastic or made of soft material.

There has been an increase in crime in Downtown Austin recently. There will be additional officers working Halloween night.

Officers are advising people to park in well-lit areas. They also ask that drivers make sure all valuables are out of sight before leaving their vehicles.

When it's time to go, officers suggest leaving 20 to 25 minutes prior to bar closing to avoid the crowd.

If you drive, have a safe way home. APD will conduct a DWI no refusal event from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Thursday.

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