Halloween Safety Tips for Parents

Posted by Adam Koehler on Oct 28, 2014 1:03:00 AM

Halloween is a fun time for children, but it can be scary for parents. Here are a few tips from the National Crime Prevention Council to keep your little ghosts and goblins safe while trick-or-treating this year: Halloween Safety resized 600

Preparing for Big Night
  • Set a time limit for trick-or-treating
  • Remind kids not to enter houses
  • Try to get your kids to trick-or-treat while it is still light out. If it is dark, make sure the children are carrying flashlights or glowsticks.
  •  Make sure older kids go out with friends. Younger children should be accompanied by an adult. If you live in a rural area, offer all kids a ride in the car.
Eating the Treats
  • Kids need to know not to eat their treats until they get home. One way to keep trick-or-treaters from digging in while their still out is to feed them a meal or substantial snack beforehand.
  • Check out all the treats at home in a well-lighted place.
  • What to eat? Only unopened candy and other treats that are in the original wrappers. Don't forget to inspect fruit and homemade goodies for anything suspicious. 
Making Safe Costumes
  • Check that costumes are flame-retardant so the little ones aren't in danger near candlelit jack-o-lanterns and other fire hazards.
  • Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls, and other bumps in the night.
  • Encourage kids to wear comfortable shoes.
  • Try makeup instead of a mask. Masks can be hot and uncomfortable and, more importantly, they can obstruct a child's vision - a dangerous thing when kids are crossing streets and going up and down steps.
  • Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.
 Pranks That Can Be a Little Tricky 

Halloween is notoriously a night of pranks - toilet papering a house or filling mailboxes with shaving cream are not unusual. Try to get a handle on your children's plans before they go out. Explain to them that while you want them to have a good time, some tricks could hurt other people or vandalize property. Emphasize that you disapprove of vandalism. 

"Unhaunting" Your House and Neighborhood
  • Welcome trick-or-treaters at your home by turning on your exterior lights.
  • Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard to visitors.
  • Ask your Neighborhood Watch or citizens' group to patrol the community.
  • Drive slowly all evening - you never know what creature may suddenly cross your path.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your local police or sheriff's department.


For more information on Halloween safety visit the National Crime Prevention Council.

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A Beneficial Security Partnership

Posted by Adam Koehler on Oct 21, 2014 12:26:00 PM

Terrance Gainer, former US Senate Sergeant at Arms, talks about the need for law enforcement, private security companies, and business owners to work together to help protect American neighborhoods and cities.





 Budget cuts, limited physical and human resources...terms heard all too frequently in the wake of 2008's Great Recession.  The stark economic set-back caused by the Housing Bubble did not just affect the private sector, but the public sector as well, including law enforcement departments across the country.  "Do more with less" is the mantra of many organizations today, but there is a limit to what can be effectively accomplished. And with the public's safety in their hands, law enforcement can not afford to cut back their duties.

With over 47 years of experience in law enforcement, security innovations, and organizational change in the United States and worldwide, Terry Gainer examines the history of the relationship between law enforcement and private security firms, and offers insight on why an information and technology sharing partnership benefits these two groups and the public-at-large.

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