(WBIR) While Halloween encourages people to get out of the house, law enforcement made sure registered sex offenders stayed inside.

The Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) held another year of "Operation Blackout," which makes offenders abide by strict rules to keep kids safe on Halloween.

TDOC District 2 represents the following counties: Anderson, Blount, Campbelll, Claiborne, Cocke, Fentress, Grainger, Hamblen, Hancock, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier and Union.

From District 2, probation/parole officers visited more than 200 homes of registered sex offenders.

Offenders must follow these rules:

• Remain inside their homes between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
• Leave porch lights off on Halloween night.
• Are not permitted to open their doors for trick-or-treaters.
• Only open their doors for law enforcement officers.
• Are not permitted to display fall decorations, wear costumes or dress in disguise.

"Last year I believe we had several who weren't in compliance," said Kelly Jacobs, a TDOC probation/parole officer.

Officer Jacobs said one of the most common issues is offenders not making curfew.

Jacobs and Rick Elfvin, also a TDOC probation/parole officer, checked on about 15 houses in Knox County on Halloween night.

"There's actually a couple people we're going to do two house checks on tonight. We've had issues in the past where we do a house check and then if they want to be up to something, once we're here, they think they're free to do something else. And we'll double back usually an hour later and sometimes we'll catch them doing stuff that way," Officer Elfvin said.

Both Jacobs and Elfvin said there are normally no major issues on Halloween, but it is used as an extra safety measure.

Those who do not comply with the restrictions could face additional charges for probation or parole violations that may result in jail or prison time.

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