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Crime Trackers: Operation Safe Treat kept community safe

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TUCSON- It was a safe night of trick or treating in Tucson thanks, in part, to Operation Safe Treat.

More than 40 fugitives were arrested statewide and in Pima County the numbers were just as impressive.

The U.S. Marshals, along with Pima County Adult Probation officers, knocked on nearly 200 doors to see if sex offenders were in compliance, nine of them weren't.

The operation was conducted as children and parents lined the streets trick or treating.

Michael Adams, spokesman for the U.S. Marshals, said the whole point of the program was to prevent children from trick or treating at sex offender’s houses.

Those sex offenders who were busted weren't following the rules. Adams said, “It can be for things such as leaving the porch light on. Putting out Halloween decorations, setting up haunted houses and things like that.”

Things the sex offenders know they shouldn't be doing he added. Operation Safe Treat is trying to make it a safe environment that kids can go about knocking on people’s doors without having to come across a situation that nobody wants to face.

Statewide, the U.S. Marshals Service arrested 41 fugitives, 13 child molesters, five people for child neglect/abuse, 11 people for failing to register and eight people for sex offense/assault.

Adams said, “It was a scary night costume wise, I think overall it was a great success we helped keep the community safe.”

That’s what they’ve been doing for the last decade since Operation Safe Treat began keeping the community safe.

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