Halloween Safety Tips from GPD

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Halloween Safety

GREENWICH, CT: Chief of Police James Heavey is requesting the cooperation of businesses and residents in the Town of Greenwich to leave lights on during the Halloween period, which will be on October 30th and October 31st.
The Chief suggests outside lights being left on these two evenings as a deterrent to vandalism. He would also ask residents to get in the habit of putting on their outside lights all year round on a timer or install a motion detector. It deters not only vandals, but other crime as well.
Trick or Treating is limited to October 31st and the Chief requests parents to accompany the younger children and recommends terminating at 8:00pm for this age group.(It is a school night) As a precaution, please stress the refusal of unwrapped candy and examine fruit before eating. Also, children should wear light colored clothing or reflective clothing when dusk sets in. Several toy manufacturers now make flashlights just for Halloween, which help as well.
Anyone involved in criminal mischief will be promptly arrested and parents will be held responsible for any damage done by their children.
We want to remind motorists to strive for the safe operation of their vehicle; WATCH THAT CHILD and SLOW DOWN. If you are driving children around a neighborhood have them exit and re-enter the vehicle only at the curbside. If you are the driver, refrain from wearing a mask or costume that could obscure your vision and make sure you put the car in park before people exit and enter the vehicle.
Please know where your children are. Cooperate with your police on the nights of October 30th and 31st. By working together we can continue to keep Greenwich a safe community.

Motorists:
• Slowdown in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic laws.
• Exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle. Be on the alert for excited youngsters darting out in traffic whose vision may be obscured by masks.
• Enter and exit driveways with caution.
• If you are driving children around the neighborhood, make sure they enter and exit the car on the curbside.
• Drivers should not wear a mask or a costume that makes it difficult to move your arms and legs while driving.
• Designate a driver for “adult parties”.

Parents and Children:
• Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the Police Department immediately.
• Use costumes with light or bright colored material and trim.
• Check to see that the costume does not interfere with walking.
• Encourage children to use face paint and/or make-up rather than hoods, wigs or masks that can block vision.
• Teach children not to cut across yards. .
• Do not accept rides from strangers.
• Check all treats before the children eat the candy and other Halloween goodies. Discard any homemade or unwrapped treats.
• Restrict Trick or Treat visits to homes with porch or outside lights on.
• Don’t go into homes.
• Give children a flashlight and fresh batteries so they can see and be seen.
• Children should Trick or Treat in groups, NEVER alone. An adult should accompany children.
• Set a time limit for your children to Trick or Treat. Designate a specific route for them to take.
• Children should obey all pedestrian safety laws: wait for green lights, walk, never run into the street, look left, right then left again before entering the street traffic. Cross only at street corners and never between parked cars.

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