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Tempe Police: Safety Tips for All Ages to Ensure a Safe Halloween

Post Date:10/22/2013
TPD Community Relations/PIO
molly_enright@tempe.gov

Tempe Police Department wants community members to enjoy the upcoming Halloween weekend responsibly and safety. Those with younger children may consider alternatives to door-to-door “Trick or Treat,” such as school or community events. The family carnival at Tempe’s Kiwanis Park is an annual favorite. For more information, go to http://www.tempe.gov/index.aspx?page=2907

Patrol Units and Motorcycle Officers will be visible in our neighborhoods and on City streets, deployed to keep trick or treaters safe and curb driving under the influence.

Tips that can help you and children stay safe:
>We encourage you to talk with your children about safety
>Place reflective tape on costumes and provide flashlights for visibility
>Remind children never to get in a car with a stranger or go into a strangers home
>Plan to trick or treat only at homes of friends or family
>Adults should carefully check all treats before they are eaten
>Consider placing wrapped treats outside for Trick or Treaters
>Stick close to your children if they do Trick or Treat
>Stay on the sidewalk – don’t jaywalk
>Assure cell phones are fully charged

Common sense safety tips also apply with young adults and adults:
>Be aware of your surroundings – be observant and on the alert
>Let friends and family know where you are going and when you expect to return
>Have a buddy system before you go out – and stick together with your buddy
>Travel in groups - avoid isolated areas or going with someone you do not know
>Never get in a car with a stranger or go into a strangers home without friends, or letting friends know where you are, and who you are with
>No underage drinking
>Designate a driver
>Don’t leave your drink unattended at a party or drinking establishment
>It’s up to you not to let substances or peer pressure influence safe decision making

Tempe Police Department Non-Emergency Line: 480-350-8311
Emergency: Call 9-1-1
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