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Howard police prepare for Halloween

While there are plenty of things to be afraid of Halloween night, a lack of police attention in Howard County is not one of them.

Police said Tuesday that they will be visibly patrolling the community to ensure safety of trick-or-treaters. Officers will be alert for vandalism, theft, destruction of property and impaired driving through speed enforcement tactics, according to a news release.

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Police say Halloween is a heightened holiday for drunk driving accidents and fatalities.

Police also have conducted a search of all 92 registered sex offenders in the county. Police say the purpose of the search is to identify anyone in violation of their probation and to remind them they can not participate in trick-or-treating.

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Police have recommended the following safety tips:

  • Encourage children to trick-or-treat with a group and before dark. After dark, an adult chaperone should carry a flashlight and choose well-lighted streets.
  • Wear costumes that are short, snug and flame retardant. Flowing sleeves, capes and skirts can cause children to trip and can catch fire if they brush against candle flames. Also be sure to wear light colors or reflective tape. Avoid masks that can obstruct vision.
  • Young children should always be accompanied by adults.
  • Teach children they should never go into a stranger’s home or car.
  • Remind children not to eat treats before they have been inspected by parents. Never eat candy that has been opened.
  • Set a time limit for children to trick-or-treat. Remind children not to take shortcuts through backyards, alleys or playing fields.
  • Leave porch or other outside lights on to make clear that trick-or-treaters are welcome. Don’t let children approach homes that are dark.
  • Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard to visitors.
  • Drive slowly all evening – you never know when a trick-or-treater may dart into the street.

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