Keep tabs on the kiddies: cops

Parksville is usually fairly calm, but police will be looking for trouble on Halloween

Not only ghosts, ghouls and goblins will be roaming the streets of Oceanside on Halloween night. Police will also be out in force.

Oceanside RCMP Sergeant Darrell Robertson said police will be on the lookout for trouble on Halloween night, as well as the weekend before.

They’ll be looking for illegal activities of course, but they’ll also be keeping an eye on drivers as the streets start to crowd with costumed children.

“Other than the spring and summer months in Oceanside, Halloween is one of a few nights when there is a higher than usual volume of pedestrians and vehicles on our streets,” Robertson said. “Children aged five to 14 years are at the greatest risk for pedestrian-related motor vehicle incidents.  This is especially true in areas with heavy traffic volumes and a high density of parked cars. Drivers are reminded to exercise extra caution due to the increase in pedestrian traffic.”

Robertson said risks can be reduced by ensuring children are accompanied by parents, guardians and travel in groups.

“Parents need to be pro-active to ensure the safety of the children on Halloween,” he said. “Ensure you know where your children are, have a flashlight, provide safe, visible, fire resistant costumes and ensure children are reminded not to venture into unfamiliar areas, homes or cars.”

Robertson said Halloween has been pretty trouble-free in Oceanside, but there are always one or two incidents for police.

“Police over the years have dealt with all types of pranks associated to Halloween, most which are not life threatening or damaging,” he said. “Unfortunately there are those individuals or groups that look at this as an opportunity to cause damage, commit mischief or commit other illegal acts.  The public is reminded that should you see a crime in progress, contact the RCMP immediately. Lets all have a safe Halloween.”



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