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Police: How to Be Safe at Halloween this Year

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A Halloween night in downtown Kent. Credit: Patch file photo
A Halloween night in downtown Kent. Credit: Patch file photo
Editor's note: Kent Police Lt. Jim Prusha offers some safety tips for those who plan to visit Kent for its annual, unofficial Halloween celebration downtown.

I am Lieutenant Jim Prusha from the Kent Police Department, and I would like to share some recommendations for people planning to attend Halloween festivities on Saturday, Oct. 26. 

These recommendations are intended to prevent crime, promote safety and keep you out of trouble with the police. Some of these tips seem to be common sense, but they address real problems experienced in past Halloween celebrations.

  •  Cross streets at crosswalks / Look before entering the roadway. (We experience many pedestrian accidents)
  • Lock your cars and keep valuables out of sight.
  • Keep your valuables with you. Don't leave purses, cell phones, keys, etc. unattended.
  • Use the buddy system / Watch out for each other.
  • Don't drink too much (almost all people arrested are intoxicated and many people victimized are also intoxicated).
  • Plan ahead. How are you going to get home?
  • Lock your house even if you are home.
  • Only allow people on your property if you know them and will be accountable for their actions.
  • Obey the law. Open container, jaywalking, unlawful noise and all other laws will be in full effect.

 Carefully consider your costume for the evening with the following in mind:

  • Don't restrict your vision or freedom of movement as large crowds and pedestrian/vehicular traffic will be present.
  • Foul weather and lack of heated areas should be considered.
  • Don't wear costumes that may incite violence or adverse reactions from others.
  • Do not bring pets or other animals.
  • Do not bring weapons, sharp objects, or any instrument that may cause injury or induce panic.

Many of the troublemakers from past Halloween celebrations have been from out of town. Don't allow them to get you in trouble.

Kent Police Lt. Jim Prusha
Kent Police Department

The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! October 10, 2013 at 10:30 AM
Great post. Never hurts to think safety first. Buddy system! Thanks.
Hope Moskal October 10, 2013 at 10:44 AM
I will be missing Halloween for the first time in 15 years for my first child is due on Oct 26. Fingers crossed he's born on Halloween.

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