Plaquemines Plan to Protect Trick or Treaters from Sex Offenders

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Parishes in our area plan extensive patrols on Halloween to protect trick or treaters.

Plaquemines Parish is one of several who will put signs on registered sex offenders homes to warn trick or treaters of a potentially dangerous situation,

“These signs will be placed in their yards tomorrow and be taken down on Friday,” says Commander Eric Becnel. “Letters have gone out to each one of the 42 sex offenders we have active in the Plaquemines Parish.”

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Becnel says protecting” registered sex offenders is another reason for the signs, ““Because we don`t want someone making up a story against someone just because they have a sign in the yard.”

As an extra safety precaution, more than 3,000 Halloween safety notices were mailed to parents in every school and daycare in the parish.

It’s against state law for registered sex offenders to wear any disguise or give out candy no matter what holiday it is.

Due to extra night time Halloween pedestrians walking around, Becnel says increased patrols will be targeting drivers breaking traffic laws, “Most calls we get during Halloween night is vehicles speeding in neighborhoods and subdivisions.”

The Sheriff’s office urges trick or treaters to remain proactive and wear reflective costumes or carry a flashlight.