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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

News Date: 10/29/2007 

 This Halloween: Try These Tricks Before Getting Any Treats 

Should you and your children choose to participate in trick-or-treating this year, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office encourages parents to use the following safety “tricks” provided free of charge this Halloween: 

Polk County Sheriff’s deputies will be handing out “glow sticks” to children in neighborhoods during their rou-tine patrols on Tuesday, October 30th, and Wednesday, October 31st, in unincorporated Polk County. The glow sticks are provided free of charge to the community and will help light the way on dark streets while your little ones trick-or-treat. They are also a great tool to alert vehicles of children’s presence in the area.  

Polk Sheriff’s deputies will have the glow sticks in their patrol cars and will hand them out during their regular patrol hours. Children are encouraged to approach deputies during these two days and ask for a glow stick to use and keep. In addition to carrying a glow stick or flashlight, here are some other Halloween safety tips Sheriff Judd would like everyone to heed:  

  • Cross streets only at corners
  • Never cross between parked cars
  • Walk facing oncoming traffic if there is no sidewalk
  • NEVER go into a stranger's house
  • If the house is not well-lit, stay away!  

Parents are reminded to know the route their children will be taking, ensure they are accompanied by an adult, and set limits on when they should return home. Also, instruct your children not to eat any treats until they return home and you have had a chance to inspect the treats.

Another trick parents are encouraged to try is this: check out the neighborhood where you and your children will be for the presence of registered sexual offenders and predators, by going to the Polk County Sheriff’s website www.polksheriff.org and clicking on “Sex Offender Locator.” There you will link to the FDLE of-fender watch page and you can search any address, any street, and any neighborhood in the state of Florida to see where offenders and predators are living.

“Whether or not your children trick-or-treat this year, we always want you to help us keep an eye out for the little ones in our communities,” says Sheriff Grady Judd. “Please visit with a deputy sheriff in your area over the next two days and get a glow stick, and then visit our website to ensure that you are going to be celebrat-ing in the safest neighborhoods in Polk County this Halloween. And most of all, BE SAFE!”