Police share safety tips

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The Socorro Police Department advises everyone to practice common sense and heed tried and true safety advice to have a happy Halloween.

“Halloween has been pretty quiet around here the last few years,” Socorro Police Chief George Van Winkle said. “We do step up patrols during Halloween.”

Van Winkle said police hope to keep Halloween quiet and trouble-free, so the stepped-up patrols will continue. He said extra officers are kept on duty Halloween night and they do not just concentrate on heavy traffic areas like California Street, but circulate through residential areas in particular to ensure a happy Halloween for everyone.

Van Winkle recommended trick-or-treaters wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight, adding the department gives out reflective trick-or-treat bags and candy to any children who stop by.

Mike Winders, assistant chief of police, said the HeadStart preschoolers usually come to the department during the day for bags of candy. He added officers on duty during Halloween also have candy to give out, “but it goes fast.”

Winders strongly recommended trick-or-treaters have an adult with them at all times and only trick or treat in areas they know. He advised everyone heed the safety tips printed on the department’s trick-or-treat bags, which include:

  • Visit only people you know.
  • Choose a costume that doesn’t impair your vision or hearing so you can watch and listen for cars.
  • Make sure the costume fits properly so you don’t trip over it.
  • Wear brightly colored clothing, and even apply glow-in-the-dark patches or strips, so drivers can see you.
  • Don’t eat treats until a parent or trusted adult has inspected them.

“Those tips have been developed over 40 years, so they’re pretty good (guidelines),” Winders said.

 

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