Safety Tips for Halloween
It's that time of the year again, and KTXS-12 has some tips that law enforcement says is part of a program that dates back to 2004. While your child is going door to door trick or treating, you can usually tell if someone is not handing out candy if their porch light is not turned on. According to Mike Wolfe at the Community Supervision & Corrections Department in Taylor County, this may also be part of the program as mentioned above which is called "Lights Out." This program is designed to keep sex offenders away from children who are going to be traveling door to door. This year 80 total people will be attending the Lights Out meeting. At the program, they will be receiving counseling and from a registered sex offender therapist from 6 to 9 p.m.
“God forbid something should happen to one of these children while they’re out trick-or-treating but if it should, law enforcement can immediately cross out 80 suspects off their list between 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. because we know where they are,” Wolfe said.
There are also other safety tips to keep in mind while your children go door-to-door. Fred Biddle at the Department of Public Safety said it’s important that people stay on sidewalks.
“If you can, imagine going through a busy neighborhood with groups of kids coming at you in different directions,” Biddle said. “You’re focusing on one, but another one kind of surprises you right, so drivers can go through there very distracted, so they got to go really slow down.”
Biddle also suggested that parents try to incorporate some reflective material into their children's costume and to give them a flashlight to carry while they are going door to door. In addition, monitor your kid's candy and if you notice anything unusual, discard the candy in question.
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