Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies will be “out in force” on Halloween to ensure registered sex offenders comply with Missouri law, according to Sgt. Ronda Montgomery.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies will be “out in force” on Halloween to ensure registered sex offenders comply with Missouri law, according to Sgt. Ronda Montgomery.

According to state law, a sex offender must avoid all Halloween-related contact with children, remain inside his or her residence from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. unless required to be elsewhere for just cause, post a sign at the residence saying “no candy or treats at this residence,” and leave all outside residential lighting off after 5 p.m.

“With the number of children out on Halloween under the age of 18, it is important we do everything we can to ensure their safety,” according to a news release from Montgomery

Skip a house if you have an uncomfortable feeling about a residence.

Studies have shown a high recidivism rate among sex offenders.