Police plan extra patrols to prevent ghoulish Halloween
October 28, 2010
NEW — 2 p.m. Oct. 28, 2010
Issaquah police plan stepped-up patrols for Halloween weekend to create a safer environment for trick-or-treaters and property owners.
Extra police officers plan to focus on drunken driving, over-service at bars, vandalism and theft — all crimes prone to increase during a holiday weekend, such as Halloween.
“We hope these extra patrols will remind everyone to plan ahead, stay safe and respect our citizens’ private property,” Chief Paul Ayers said in a statement.
The department adjusted shifts and used state grant money for DUI prevention to make the extra shifts possible.
Police also offered safety tips for trick-or-treaters venturing out into the night on Halloween:
- Carry a flashlight.
- Walk during treat-or-treating; do not run.
- Look both ways before crossing the street, and check for cars.
- Cross the street only at corners.
- Don’t hide or cross the street between parked cars.
- Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing to be more visible (Remember to put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards and brooms, too),
- Plan a route and share it with your family. If possible, have a grownup go with you.
- Visit homes with the porch light on.
- Accept treats at the door and never go inside a stranger’s house.
- Have a grownup inspect treats before eating and do not eat candy if the package has already been opened.