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Trick or treating isn’t what it used to be. It’s not as safe today to let kids walk the streets alone as was common years ago. In addition, the excitement of children and adults at this time of year sometimes makes them forget to be careful. For that reason, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind children and adults that simple common sense can do a lot to prevent tragedies from happening: 

  • Teaching your kids basic everyday safety, such as not getting into cars or talking to strangers, watching both ways before crossing the streets and crossing when lights tell you to, will help make them safer when they are out trick or treating.

  • Children should always be accompanied by a responsible adult when going trick or treating. If you can not take them yourself, see if another parent or a teenaged sibling can go along. However, if you decide to let older children go it alone, they should only go out during daylight hours. Make sure you know the route your kids will be taking. In addition, make sure you set a time that they should be home by and that they know the importance of being home at that time. Let the children know not to cut through back alleys and fields and to stay in populated areas. Give your children glow sticks or flashlights, but be sure the flashlights have new batteries.

  • If your children do not have a cell phone, think about letting them borrow yours. Teach them how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number), if they have an emergency or become lost. Remind your children never to go into a home of a stranger or get into their car.  If possible, review the Sex Offender List in your area to see if any sex offenders live near where your children will be Trick or Treating, and point these locations out to your children.  You can find sex offenders in your area by viewing the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s website.

  • Make sure the children know not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items. Treating your kids to a spooky Halloween dinner will make them less likely to eat the candy they collect before you have a chance to check it for them.

Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment, and it should be a fun time, without trouble and pain. If you or your children feel uncomfortable about someone or a particular residence, it is better to be safe than sorry, so just skip that house and move on to the next. In addition, law enforcement should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
If you have any further questions, contact the Sheriff’s Office at 816-524-4302.



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