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Police make Halloween trips to sex offender homes

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Last week, Tampa Police officers went on a Halloween door-to-door, but it was no trick-or-treat. They were alerting hundreds of local sex offenders of what they can, and more importantly, can't do this Halloween. 

Tonight they take it a step further.

"Fourteen two-man teams that will go out Halloween night starting at 3 o'clock in the afternoon," said detective John Guzina with Tampa police.

They'll be making sure those same predators are following the strict rules.  With so many little ghosts and ghouls out there, officers don't want any real scares.

"By us going out there letting them know eye-to-eye we're here, we're watching. it makes a big impact," he said.

You can also keep tabs on nearby sex offenders, without ever leaving the house. 

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement runs a sex offender search site.  A few clicks, and you can find out exactly where they live around you, and which houses you may want to steer clear of.

"I'm glad we have the police support during Halloween," said Karina Hyman, a mother of two.

Hyman will be supervising her kids trick-or-treating Thursday evening. 

"Just be vigilant about your surroundings and go in groups," she advised.

And it's always a safe idea to trick-or-treat in areas you already know and trust.  Police say if something doesn't seem right, just move right along.

"We're all focused on keeping the kids safe," Detective Guzina said.

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