RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – As Halloween approaches, local law enforcement is urging residents to plan ahead.
That planning should include taking a look at the sex offender registry.
All year long, deputies with both Wake and Durham counties check in with sex offenders to see if they’re following the law.
“Just hitting the streets, seeing if they’re living where they’re supposed to, and we actually make contact with them several times a year,” said Durham County Deputy Geoffrey Middleton.
Registered sex offenders are not allowed to live within 1,000 feet of a daycare facility or a school. But when it comes to Halloween, the rules differ for each individual offender based on their sentence, to an extent.
“If I saw a porch full of children at a sex offender’s house, yes, that would create a problem and there would be charges filed,” said Middleton.
If you’re out knocking on doors looking for some treats this Saturday, law enforcement says the best thing you can do is know whose door you’re knocking on.
“When they go out on Halloween night, they can avoid these addresses if they want to,” said Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison.
The sex offender registry shows if any offenders are living in your neighborhood.
“It doesn’t mean there’s a threat in your neighborhood, it’s just being aware,” said Middleton.
From there, deputies said to pick and choose which doors you knock on, and let them know if you see anything out of the usual.
“If they go by that house and see there’s some activity going on, let us know or let probation and parole know, and then we can look into it,” said Harrison.