Police plan extra patrols to prevent ghoulish Halloween

October 28, 2010

By Staff

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.
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2 Responses to “Police plan extra patrols to prevent ghoulish Halloween”

  1. Follow frightfully simple tips for Halloween safety : The Issaquah Press – News, Sports, Classifieds in Issaquah, WA on October 29th, 2010 6:01 am

    [...] costumed children on Sunday night, as trick-or-treaters turned out in droves. Issaquah police plan extra patrols for Halloween [...]

  2. Police promise no treats for impaired drivers on Halloween : The Issaquah Press – News, Sports, Classifieds in Issaquah, WA on October 30th, 2010 6:00 am

    [...] police departments in nearby cities, plus the Washington State Patrol. Issaquah police plan a similar effort for Halloween weekend. // Other Stories of Interest: drunken driving, Halloween, Issaquah [...]

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