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The Blotter
With Sergeant E. Flax, NPD

Halloween Safety Tips

This month’s Blotter comes straight from the Norfolk Police Department Crime Prevention Unit. As you read this, Halloween is just a few days away. If your house is like mine, your kids have probably changed their mind about their costume selection several times over. However, I wanted to pass along a few safety tips for you and your kids as everyone heads out in search of clever tricks or delicious treats.

Safety Tips for Parents and Children:

1. A parent or responsible adult should always accompany younger children.

2. Make sure that each child either carries a flashlight, uses a glow stick or wears something reflective to mark themselves as they move about in the dark.

3. Have a plan; plan a route and agree on a time or a meeting place so that everyone knows where they should be and when.

4. Never let children eat anything that has not been inspected by an adult; when in doubt, throw it out.

5. Try to trick or treat in groups and in familiar neighborhoods.

6. If you are driving, be cautious of excited children darting out into the street and travel slower than you usually would.

7. Notify the Police immediately if harmful items are found, the Nonemergency number is 441-5610 if you need assistance or 911 for an emergency.

Have a safe and spooky Halloween and keep those tips and emails and suggestions coming to eric.flax@norfolk.gov and as always, I look forward to “seeing you in the Green Zone Downtown”.

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