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28 October 2014Warning - this news article expired on 2014-11-28. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable

2014 Halloween Safe Streets

 

October 31, 2014 there will be extra people helping the Belleville Police Service ensure our children’s safety while they are taking part in Halloween activities.

 

Volunteers will be on foot and in vehicles on patrol to assist police.  The volunteers will consist of Belleville Police Service Auxiliary officers, Community Policing volunteers, Loyalist College students, and Quinte Amateur Radio Club members.

 

Our volunteers will be easily identifiable as they will be wearing orange florescent vests and will be walking in groups of three or four. These volunteers will be assigned throughout city and their purpose is to assist the police by being an ‘extra set of eyes and ears’ to help keep our City and our children safe.

 

Keeping Halloween Safe Around the house...

Many people enjoy transforming their homes into eerie scenes. Be sure to keep the path leading up to your door free of obstacles and well lit for the little ones, especially those with masks who might have trouble seeing in dim light.

Keep pets indoors on Halloween to protect them from hazards and preventing them from being aggressive to visitors.

Before you light those candles in your pumpkin, consider using inexpensive safety glow sticks. Glow sticks are also an excellent method to increase a child's visibility while walking throughout the evening.

Before the kids hit the streets, it is important that parents be aware of the route that their children plan to follow suggest that the children go in groups and be accompanied by an adult

Teach your children to recognize the places along his/her route where they can obtain help: Police Station, Fire Station or any other well indicated public place.

Although tampering of loot is rare, remind children that they must have their candy inspected by their parents or guardian prior to eating them.

Suggestions for Treaters

  • bring a flashlight;
  • walk instead of running;
  • Stay on the sidewalks (If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left-hand side of the street facing traffic);
  • avoid jaywalking;
  • do not cut across lawns or take short-cuts;
  • take masks off when walking from one house to the next;
  • do not go inside houses and do not get into vehicles unless the person is known to you;
  • only visit houses that are lit;
  • stay away from animals you are not familiar with; and
  • vandalism is not just a 'trick' - it is against the law and has consequences.

 

Have fun, safely!!!!!!