The Berkeley Heights Police Department would like to take this opportunity to advise parents of recommended precautions that should be taken if your child goes "Trick-or-Treating".
- 1. Permit trick-or-treating when it is still light outside. Dusk is the time of poorest visibility.
- 2. Be certain your child wears a costume that makes it easy for him or her to walk and is highly visible. Wear light-colored clothing that's short enough to prevent tripping, and add reflective tape.
- 3. If trick-or-treating goes beyond daylight, carry a flashlight. Know what route your children are taking. Know their plans, and be sure they understand your rules and limitations for their activities.
- 4. Stay within the neighborhood and only visit homes you know.
- 5. Face masks have a tendency to keep a child from seeing accurately. Advise them to take off their masks before crossing a street. Facial makeup is much safer than a mask and does not obscure vision.
- 6. Only give and accept wrapped or packaged candy. Examine all candy before allowing children to eat it. If you discover anything wrong with the "treats" brought home, call the Police Department immediately.
- 7. Avoid hard plastic or wood props such as daggers or swords. Substitute with foam rubber, which is soft and flexible.
In addition, we would like to remind parents that so-called "Mischief Night" is not recognized or condoned as an official holiday. We urge you again to impress upon your child that Halloween is traditionally a "fun time", and not a time of free license for destruction or defacing of property. Any child committing any mischievous act or involved in vandalism, will be apprehended and referred to the proper juvenile authorities. The residents of Berkeley Heights have displayed excellent cooperation in the past, and we again solicit your help.
Very truly yours,
MICHAEL P. MATHIS
Chief of Police
BERKELEY HEIGHTS POLICE YOUTH ACADEMY
Hayley Berliner salutes Chief Mathis after receiving her medal during Friday's ceremony. Credits: Christy Potter Kass
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