NYPD Safety Tips For Harlem Trick-Or-Treating This Halloween

halloween at montinsHalloween can be one of the most fun nights of the year, but trick-or-treaters should keep their wits about them. On a night when everyone is dressed as a monster, criminals can blend right in.

The NYPD has released a list of safety tips to ensure that the only thing trick-or-treaters suffer from this year is a stomach ache caused by stuffing their faces with candy.

Chief among the safety tips is that children going trick-or-treating should always be accompanied by an adult, even if traveling with a group of friends.

Here are the NYPD’s tips on staying safe this Halloween:

    • Be aware of your surroundings at all times;
    • Avoid poorly lit areas and homes of strangers;
    • Travel in groups. Remember there is safety in numbers, and have at least one adult;
    • Avoid displaying valuables and electronic devices. Thieves will use the holiday to hide behind a mask to commit crimes;
    • Do not use cellphones while crossing the street;
    • Make sure small children are carrying emergency identification information in case of accidental separation. Take a photo of children in their costumes before they go trick-or-treating.
    • Only eat Halloween candy that is distributed in its appropriate, unopened packaging.

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Dark, crowded streets — and a propensity for drivers to consume alcohol — also make Halloween a dangerous for pedestrians. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that Halloween is one of the three most dangerous nights for pedestrian fatalities and injuries.

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