Police forces stepping up patrols for Halloween

Jason Malloy
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Drivers reminded to be cautious and aware of increased traffic

TRURO - Anybody expecting to get away with a little mischief tonight because it is Halloween better think twice, police say.
"Some (people) think that because it's Halloween that the laws don't apply to them," RCMP?Sgt. Al Affleck said. "We will apprehend them and punish them to the extent of the law."
Colchester County RCMP will have roughly double the number of officers on patrol as well as its auxiliary members. It has also been in contact with fire departments in advance to be as proactive as possible.
The town force will also have extra patrols, consisting of both uniformed and plain-clothes officers, working Saturday.
"We don't anticipate any big issues but we want to be prepared," added Truro Police Service Chief David MacNeil.
While both police forces said Halloween has traditionally been quiet they have resources in place to ensure the safety of
Police want people to take some precautions in order to make the event safe for everyone. Affleck said kids should travel with an adult or in a group of friends.
"If they are going to travel in packs, they must remember there's a lot of vehicles moving around and to stay off the travelling portion of the streets," he said.
Drivers must be "extremely cautious" and aware of the increased traffic.
Affleck said they traditionally see patterns during the night of tricks and treats.
"We see between 5 and 7 (p.m.) the toddlers and the little kids and the parents taking the kids around," he said.
From 7 to 9 p.m. older kids are trick-or-treating while minor mischief takes place later in the evening. There will also be adult parties and community dances occurring throughout the region.
With many people wearing costumes, Affleck said people should use extreme caution. Friends should keep an eye on one another and if you are drinking don't let your drink out of your sight.
"That's where you open the risk of someone slipping something in your drink and being the victim of a crime," he said.By Jason Malloy

Organizations: Truro Police Service

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