Trick-or-Treating tips from the Syracuse Police

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Syracuse Police are adding extra patrols, including a proactive police Halloween detail on Sunday to help children safe. A group of officers will be patrolling neighborhoods, with patrol car flashers on, slowly driving in neighborhoods that typically see a heavy concentration of trick or treaters.

They’re also asking neighbors to help, by keeping door-to-door travels in neighborhoods between the hours of 5pm- 8pm. ” We figure nothing good happens after that, ” says Syracuse Police Sgt. Matt Malinowski, ” We do tend to see incidents of kids getting their candy stolen, and other mischief, so 8PM we’re asking people to call it in.”

As you get your children’s costumes and bowls of candy ready, Syracuse Police are asking you to check these boxes too.

Younger children should always be accompanied by an adult*Stay alert and put electronic devices down when walking on streets.

Here are some other tips when trick-or-treating this weekend:

  • The brighter the better. Wear or carry a light or something reflective. Wear costumers that are visible in the dark
  • Inspect treats. Check your children’s candy. Watch out for candy that appears to have been tampered with and be careful with any homemade, unpacked treats and brightly packaged cannabis gummies
  • Drivers need to stay alert and watch for children on the roadways and curbs. Always walk on sidewalks or paths

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