Message From the Chief

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2013 Halloween Safety Tips

Montpelier Police Department
534 Washington St.
Montpelier, ID 83254
208-847-1324
Chief Russell Roper

The following safety tips are recommended by the
Center for Missing and Exploited Children
and the Montpelier Police Department



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  • Don't let children go "Trick or Treating" alone. Be sure older children use the BUDDY SYSTEM. An adult should always accompany young children.
  • Accompany young children to the door of every house they approach. Stay within sight of the door.
  • Parents should be familiar with every house and with all people from whom the children receive treats.
  • Make sure that all children carry a glow-stick or flashlight and wear reflective clothing.
  • When using face masks, make sure the child can see and breathe properly and easily.
  • All costumes and masks should be clearly marked as flame resistant.
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  • Children should be warned to never approach any house that isn't well lit and does not have a porch light on.
  • Children should be warned to never approach any house that isn’t well lit and that does not have a porch light on.
  • Parents should inspect all treats and dispose of anything that has been opened or has never been wrapped and police should be notified if something has been tampered with.
  • Children should be cautioned to remember any suspicious incidents and report them to their parents or the police.
  • Children should be instructed to scream and make a scene if anyone tried to grab them or force them into a home or vehicle or make them go with them.
  • Children should be cautioned to run away immediately from people who try to lure them with special treats.
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  • Costumes should be made of flame-retardant materials. They should be short to prevent tripping.
  • Use light colors and reflective materials.
  • Try using make-up on the child’s face instead of a mask, as a mask can obstruct a child’s view.
  • Feed children a meal before trick-or-treating.
  • Check all treats at home in a well lighted place. Inspect fruit and homemade treats very carefully and eat only unopened candy.