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Police offer Halloween safety tips

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Police offer safety tips for this Halloween night. (WFSB) Police offer safety tips for this Halloween night. (WFSB)

The New Haven Police Department is just one of several police departments making sure everyone stays safe this Halloween night.

In New Haven, there will be additional patrols in residential neighborhoods during the Trick or Treating hours. There will be both uniformed officers and plain-clothed officers and detectives in these patrols.

Police said people should walk safely, trick or treat with an adult, keep costumes creative yet safe, know who's at the door and drive extra safely.  

"This is a children's fun holiday and if there are older teens or adults wearing a mask, well then use your discretion, you don't need to open your door for people," New Haven Police Officer David Hartman said. 

Police offered the following tips for Halloween night: 

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. 
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  • Children under the age of 16 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
  • In light of recent social-media “CLOWN” concerns – we recommend an alternative costume.
  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
  • Although many adults dress in costumes and participate in Halloween, Trick or Treating is a children’s activity.
  • You may open your door for anyone you wish but if you are suspicious of people at your door (especially older teenagers, adults without children and those without costumes or just masks), don’t open it.
  • Make sure you have a clear view of who is outside. Keep porch lights on.
  • If you don’t want to entertain Trick or Treaters, post a note covering your door bell.
  • Report any criminal, suspicious or unruly behavior to Police, your Block Watch and your neighbors. 

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