A message from Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown
With Halloween right around the corner, many children and parents are beginning to plan costumes, decorations, and activities. Parents and children also need to begin thinking about trick-or-treating. The Elgin Police Department will have additional patrol units doing added safety patrols Monday, October 31, 2011 until 9:00 p.m. We encourage parents with younger children to finish up their trick-or-treating by dark. Those individuals who decide to stay out after dark, we encourage you to take the necessary precautions to make sure you are visible to motorists and homeowners.
We ask motorists to keep in mind just because you see the person trick-or-treating does not mean they see you. Use caution when passing trick-or-treaters and be mindful of children walking into roadways and on the side of streets.
We ask homeowners to clearly illustrate whether or not your house is open to trick-or-treaters. If residents are encouraging trick-or-treaters, please make sure your outside lights are on. Outside lights will help illuminate the correct path to the door providing safety to children and parents and indicate if you would like people to trick-or-treat at your house. If you would not like individuals coming to your door, please turn off porch lights to indicate you are not participating in trick-or-treating.
We ask parents to finish up trick-or-treating with younger children by dark. Please make sure your child’s costume will be visible at night if he/she stays out past dark. Encourage your children to use the designated pathways at each house to respect the property of that individual. If you will not be accompanying your child trick-or-treating, make sure you are aware where they will be trick-or-treating and have a way to contact them when needed.
We ask trick-or-treaters to be mindful of their surroundings. Make sure you are careful around roadways and look out for motorists. Please respect individual’s yards and property. Remember it is not a race from one house to the next so use caution and avoid running through yards and landscaping. If trick-or-treating with an adult, make sure you stay with that person and do not run ahead. If trick-or-treating without an adult, make sure your parent knows where you will be trick-or-treating and has a way to contact you.
(Major portions re-printed from the City of Camden blog, with changes made for Elgin.)