Sheriff puts ‘no trick-or-treat’ signs in yards of sex offenders

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For one thing, sex offenders are less likely than other criminals to commit the same crime again. Our Christina Guessferd learned what Vermont officials are doing to help prepare parents for Halloween. That way you'll know which homes to avoid.

Only a fraction of Vermont's sex offenders make it on the state's public registry.

"You can see where all the registered sex offenders are now residing, and you can use that as part of your planning as far as where you're going to go and what house you're going to for trick-or treating", Susa said.

Georgia state law forbids registered sex offenders from decorating their houses for Halloween, and Long said the signs are part of his duty under Georgia law.

Long told CBS News there are 54 registered sex offenders in Butts County. They're not able to have their lights on indicating that they're participating in the community or trick-or-treating. "So some of the factors that individuals would be looking at. they're not in play".

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The signs were posted in Georgia, US. You can click on each dot to see a picture of the sex offender, their exact address and offense.

Amber Thomas of Barre City has four children ranging from 8 months to 10 years old. Long says 2,500 to 4,000 children attended the event each year.

Without it, he expects more children trick-or-treating on the streets on Wednesday night.

A sheriff's office in Georgia has put signs in the yards of sex offenders urging children not to trick or treat at those houses. Authorities will go door-to-door to make sure they are following the rules.

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