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Posted: Oct 27, 2016 3:39 PM


With Halloween just a few days away, Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington is reminding residents of some basic safety tips to help ensure your trick-or-treating outing is a fun and safe experience.

• A responsible adult should always accompany children when they trick-or-treat.
• Children over the age of 12 responsible enough to go without parents should stay in groups and follow an agreed upon route.
• Ensure costumes fit well so they don’t obscure visibility and so children won’t trip or fall.
• Use costumes that are flame retardant, reflective or have bright colors.
• Carry a flashlight or glow stick.
• Trick-or-treat in familiar neighborhoods, stay in well-lit areas and use sidewalks whenever possible.
• Teach children to bring treats home before eating them so parents can examine them.
• Teach children to never enter any home without you or without your permission, and only approach homes that are well-lit.
• Teach children to say NO or GET AWAY from any person or situation making them feel scared,
uncomfortable or confused.
• Call the Bossier Sheriff’s Office at (318) 965-2203 or your law enforcement agency about any suspicious activity or if candy is suspected of being tainted.
• Consider safe alternatives such as parties at home, school, church or community organized events.

Sheriff Whittington also reminds residents that sex offenders are not allowed to participate in Halloween activities. They should not have their porch lights on, wear masks or hand out candy.
“Parents can go to our website at http://www.bossiersheriff.com/sex-offenders and conduct a search to see where sex offenders reside in their neighborhood or the area where the children will be trick-or-treating,” said Sheriff Whittington. “If you know of a sex offender participating in Halloween events, leave that area and contact law enforcement as soon as possible.”

You can also check with the Louisiana State Police website at http://www.lsp.org/ under “Sex Offender Registry” to locate sex offenders in other parishes throughout Louisiana.

“Halloween is a fun and enjoyable night for our children, and my deputies will be concentrating their patrol duties in residential areas to help keep families and children safe,” said Sheriff Whittington. “I’m also asking motorists to be attentive to young trick-or-treaters and slow it down even more in residential areas with youngsters walking about on Halloween night. For residents passing out candy, be sure and leave your porch light on and remove obstacles from your sidewalks, porches or front yards that could cause children to trip and fall.”