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Operation Scarecrow Aims to Protect Kids on Halloween

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LAS VEGAS -- There are 6,000 registered sex offenders in southern Nevada and officers with the Nevada Department of Public Safety Division of Parole and Probation say the list gets longer every year.

It is a scary fact, as parents get their kids ready for trick-or-treating.

Annss McClain was out Tuesday helping her granddaughter pick out a costume for Thursday night. She says Halloween is not just about getting candy but also about getting to know the neighbors.

"We get to be out in the community and talk to people and show our kids the world isn't as ugly, it can be beautiful at the same time," McClain said.

Leaders of Nevada's parole and probation unit say the best way to keep kids safe is to keep known predators from striking again. That is what Operation Scarecrow is all about.

On Halloween, parole and probation officers visit as many of the most dangerous sex offenders as they can.

Decorating, passing out candy, or even having the porch light on are all direct violations for a sex offender.

"A chance to go out and get really hard target searches on individuals, that might be going back in cycle or are about to. Individuals who have a few dynamic risks, somebody who may have just lost a job, or isn't doing so well in counseling," Sgt. Brian Zana said.

Sgt. Brian Zana says parents can protect their children by going with them trick-or-treating and by learning where sex offenders live.

Check nvsexoffenders.gov or lvmpd.com or life360.com for sex offender information.

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