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Halloween safety in Valley Center


October 31, 2013
With Halloween near, residents will soon be out trick-or-treating and enjoying the holiday. In a rural area such as Valley Center, where lighting is limited and sidewalks are scarce, this tradition becomes a dangerous activity. Below are a few tips to keep in mind this Halloween:

Trick-or-treating tips

— Trick-or-treat early, while there is still plenty of daylight

— If you do go at night, bring plenty of flashlights and wear lighter clothing to increase visibility

— Reflective tape can be added to costumes or treat bags

— Go out in larger groups

— Plan the route ahead of time to avoid crossing large streets or areas not suitable for pedestrian traffic

— Cross only at corners, never cross mid-block or between parked cars

— Always walk facing traffic if there is no sidewalk

— Wait until you are home to sort, check and eat the candy you receive

— Check all candy and do not eat any unsealed packages

— Remind your children to never accept a ride from a stranger

Additional Halloween tips

— Avoid leaving your home unattended

— If you are driving during the trick-or-treating hours, be extra cautious of pedestrians

— To prevent malicious activity, keep exterior lights on throughout the night

— If possible, keep your animals indoors that night

— Be sure to lock up your home including the doors and windows, and all vehicles in your driveway or on the street

— Consider attending a community event or trunk or treat instead

Report suspicious activity immediately to the 24-hour non-emergency number at 858-565-5200.

Ashley Jenkins is a crime prevention specialist working for the Valley Center Sheriff's Substation.

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