SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)— Halloween is a treat for kids of all ages, but Syracuse Police want to make sure that kids and parents know these tricks to stay safe.
Syracuse Police Department Sergeant Matt Malinowski shared the best ways for all trick-or-treaters to ensure a great Halloween.
“The main thing is make sure that your kids are not trick-or-treating alone, that they are in a group, if you are able to as a parent you should accompany your children,” said Malinowski. “If you are by yourself as a child or young adult, make sure that you don’t go into a person’s home when you’re getting candy. Another part of that is don’t ever enter a stranger’s vehicle; also, just try to stay in public view at all times.”
Sgt. Malinowski mentioned that even if “you are a big strong kid,” it is still safer to travel in a group because it lowers the chance of being attacked or having candy stolen. He also suggested that children and adults wear reflective gear or bring a flashlight so that they are visible to cars, especially when crossing the street.
Finally, when trick-or-treaters return, it is important to inspect all the candy that was collected and only eat factory made sweets, especially avoiding homemade goodies.
Syracuse Police will be increasing patrol on Thursday to accommodate the large crowds.
“Our regular patrol officers will be in the area, and we have an extra patrol where they will be flashing their lights and driving in some of the more heavily dense candy collection areas in the city, and they will be flashing their lights and just trying to take extra precautions make sure everyone’s safe,” said Sgt. Malinowski.
Check out the full interview and SPD’s Halloween safety flyer for more tips on how to enjoy a fun and safe Halloween below.