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Roswell police offer Halloween safety tips for residents

Leonard Tapia
October 20, 2017 05:26 PM

ROSWELL, N.M. – Halloween is getting closer, which means ghouls and goblins will soon be crossing the street and going door-to-door to stuff their bags and pillow sacks with sugary treats.

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But before shouting “Trick or treat,” the Roswell Police Department is saying “Safety first.”

If you and your family plan on heading out Halloween night, the department wants to remind you of a few simple tips.

First: Always be familiar with the area you're trick-or-treating in. Try to knock on the doors of people you know – family or close neighbors – and try to dress kids in costumes that have bright colors or even reflective pieces.

“If you get lost in the middle of the night, it's really dark and you won't be able to see. You could run into someone and they could steal you,” said Bridget McNamee, a Roswell resident.

Police say it's important for drivers to be safe, too. If you plan on being behind the wheel Halloween night, make sure to take it slow in residential areas and keep an extra eye out for pedestrians.

“We keep an eye on them,” said Vera Burright, who takes her grandchildren trick-or-treating every year. “We're always with them, we don’t let them run off.  We have at least two people with them at all times – one person per child if we can do that.”

And, when the night is over, don't forget to inspect the candy before enjoying it.

The full list of RPD’s Halloween safety tips can be found here.

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