Quick Tips for a Safe Trick or Treating Experience

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 10:17am

"Kids are going to be kids, it's an exciting time for them," says Officer JJ Trevino of the Brownsville Police Department.

But it's also potentially one of the deadliest times for them too. Halloween consistently ranks as one of the most deadly days of the year for pedestrians across the nation.

“There are going to be a lot more kids out there on the street obviously. If you're going to drive or if you have to drive somewhere make sure you go below the speed limit," says Trevino.

The Brownsville Police Department is offering a few reminders for parents and little ones who will be out trick or treating tomorrow night.

Here's a quick look at a few of those tips:

-Always look both ways when crossing the street.
-Carry a flashlight while going door to door.
-Dress your child in reflective costumes or have them wear a glow stick or other light device around their neck.
-Check your children's candy. Don't allow them to eat any along the way until they've been examined.
-Don't allow your children to go into a strangers' home.
-Go along with your child, rather than letting them go alone.

"It doesn't hurt you to make sure you're close by to your child in case they need you," stresses Trevino.

And another potential danger…sex offenders....

"The ones that are on probation will be asked to go to the sheriff's office at Carrizales to have their meeting or roundup in a sense. The ones that are not on probation or parole, they're not required, but they have been advised to make sure they do not participate," explains Trevino.

In other words, some registered sex offenders will be around, one more reason for parents to keep a close eye on their children.

"If you are aware of your surroundings, if you take the extra step to make sure you're safe and everyone around you is safe, I think you'll have a safe and joyous Halloween," says Trevino.

"If you're looking for a safer alternative than taking your child trick or treating door to door, you can bring them to the Brownsville Police Department’s Southmost Community Network Center or the Westside Community Network Center from 6-9 Halloween night. Their addresses are below.

Southmost Community Network Center
2900 Southmost Blvd.

Westiside Community Network Center
1763 US Highway 281

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