WAOW, Wisconsin (WAOW) — Authorities have been keeping tabs on certain people to prevent pranks this Halloween.
The Wisconsin Department of Corrections Monday worked with various police departments across the state to ensure that registered sex offenders are adhering to certain holiday rules.
Those people can’t hand out candy, can’t leave the porch lights on, and can’t leave their homes unless approved in advance for work purposes.
This is coupled with the Wausau Police Department having additional officers available to help patrol the neighborhood.
Mason Hagenbutcher, a patrol officer at the Wausau Police Department, said: “It would be very difficult for the officers to do this themselves. Maybe we just don’t know it’s part of the register. ” he said.
There are nearly 200 rule breakers across the state in 2021, with curfew breaking being the most common.
Registered sex offenders caught breaking the rules are sent to prison.
“There is zero tolerance. Registered offenders are required to sign a form outlining expectations and rules,” said Tina Perkovsky, a probation and parole agent for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.
The Everest Subway Police Department also had agents from the Department of Corrections conduct home visits on Monday.