FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Both the Allen County Sheriff’s Department and the Fort Wayne Police Department have a number of tips for parents of trick-or-treaters on Halloween this year.
Law enforcement advises that trick-or-treaters, if old enough to travel without adult supervision, do so in large groups. The groups should travel on familiar, pre-determined routes because it raises the level of comfort for the trick-or-treaters.
Law enforcement also advises kids on the search for their favorite sweets to wear bright, reflective costumes that can be distinguished at night. They also say to not wear any costumes that obscure vision.
Raquel Foster with the Fort Wayne Police Department says trick-or-treaters should also remember to use crosswalks and sidewalks to walk through neighborhoods.
“Don't cut through the alleys. Don't cut through yards. Use your sidewalks. Stay out of the street. The streets were not created or designed for pedestrians. That's why we have the sidewalks, and always walk facing traffic.”
That traffic could be amplified Monday night as residents head home from work during Halloween hours, which are 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Fort Wayne.
Another concern raised during Halloween is the presence of sex offenders in the community. Chief Deputy Dave Gladieux of the Allen County Sheriff’s Department encourages parents to check the sex offender registry before sending their children on a route. On the website, which can be found under the related content on this story and on our Newslinks page, parents can find how many sex offenders are located within the radius of their child’s trick-or-treat route. It also provides pictures and the addresses of offenders.
Gladieux encourages parents to listen to their children and to have them speak up if they sense something is wrong.
“Kids are smarter than you think. It's getting it out of them sometimes. Give them a little talking to and tell them not be afraid to report anything that makes them feel something strange is out there.”
There are 444 sex offenders in Allen County.
-Be prepared for inclement weather
-Pets should be left at home
-Homeowners should have pets separated from the front door of their home when passing out treats
-Parents should inspect candy before it is eaten to check for any contamination
-Visit familiar homes
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