Albuquerque police offering Trick-or-Treat safety tips

Halloween safety
Halloween safety

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s that time again when princesses, ghosts, monsters and super heroes take to the streets.

While kids are in search of the best candy, parents are worried about their kid’s safety. KRQE News 13 has some key tips to make sure your ghouls and goblins stay safe this Halloween.

Trick-or-treating is typically a time for families to fill neighborhoods, knock on doors and get something sweet to eat. But the Albuquerque Police Department says this can potentially turn dangerous if parents and kids don’t follow these safety tips.

The most important one might be the most obvious. Crime Prevention Manager Steve Sink says children need to be accompanied by an adult. If you personally aren’t able to go out with your children, have them go out with another adult.

Sink says the safest place is a sponsored event like at a mall, school or church. But if you choose to go out in a neighborhood, parents should start mapping out a route that includes a start time and an end time. That’s something you can do today.

“That way if the kids don’t come back in time, we have an idea of where to begin to look,” said Sink.

As for costumes, try to stick to light colored costumes. Sink also says say “no” to masks. It can be difficult for your kids to see, especially when they’re trying to make it across a busy street with cars. And this year, he says to stay away from those clown masks that are getting a lot of national attention right now.

“It’s gotten everyone’s attention and it’s going to cause a commotion if they see people out there and are suspicious,” said Sink.

Sink says APD hasn’t had many problems in the past. Most of the calls they receive are in regards to suspicious homes or people and vandalism later on in the night.

For tips from the city, click here.

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