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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 17-627

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    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • October 27, 2017
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    Halloween Safety Tips

    Tips for kids, partents and motorists to ensure that Halloween is safe and enjoyable for all.
    • Tuesday
    • October 31, 2017
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County

    A Message From Sheriff Chronister:


    The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is offering safety tips for kids, parents and motorist to ensure that Halloween is safe and enjoyable for all.

    Tips for Kids

    Do not eat any treats until they have been checked by an adult.Go only to homes with lights on or Halloween decorations displayed.

    Watch for cars when crossing the street. Cross with all lights and in the crosswalks. Stop at all driveways and intersections before walking across.

    Tell a parent or adult about anything that makes you uncomfortable or scared.

    Tips for Parents

    Use reflector strips in your child's costume or glow sticks to better see them in the dark. Carry a flash light.
    Make sure your child’s costume allows freedom of movement and good visibility.
    Carry a cell phone to alert law enforcement if someone in your group gets separated.
    If possible, have children trick or treat before dark.

    Go in groups and make sure at least one adult is present.  Go to every door with your child.

    Before children eat any treats, check them.  The safest rule is to throw out anything that is not store wrapped and in good condition. 
    Cut fruit into pieces before eating to make sure it has not been tampered with.

    Sponsor a party in place of trick or treating.  Sometimes shopping malls will sponsor a party with each shop owner providing the treats.  Use your imagination.

    Check the app on your smart phone or go to the HCSO website and the Sexual Predator section.  Place in your address or the area you are planning to trick or treat to check for the addresses of Sexual Predators and Offenders in that area.

    Tips for Motorists

    Exercise extreme caution when driving and be alert for excited children, whose vision may be obscured by masks or costumes, darting into traffic.

    Use caution and be aware of children while backing vehicles out of driveways or parking spaces.  There will be slow moving cars in the area some waiting to drop children off and others to find the group they are with.

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