Rockingham police deliver Halloween message
Police are calling on the Rockingham and Kwinana communities to be safe as Halloween enthusiasts prepare to trick-or-treat tonight.
South Metro Community Engagement Unit Sergeant Paul Trimble said it was important to remember that not all homeowners wanted to participate and many could be unaware that it is Halloween.
“This can sometimes cause homeowners, especially the elderly, to be fearful when receiving a knock on the door in the late afternoon or evening,” he said.
“It’s also worth reminding friends or family members, especially the elderly, of Halloween night so they are not unnecessarily scared by people knocking on the door.
“Halloween comes and goes each year without too many issues for the community or police.
“However it is important for everyone involved in trick-or-treat to make sure that they do not cause harm, fear, damage or be abusive in any way.
“In cases where this does occur and a complaint is made, the person or persons responsible could be charged.”
While Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for children, it can also be a hectic time for parents and guardians so WA Police have put together some tips to help.
- This Halloween, take a moment to consider basic safety precautions to help make your children's Halloween a safer night of fun.
- Plan a trick-or-treat route in familiar neighbourhoods with well-lit streets.
- Children should never trick-or-treat alone and should be accompanied by a trusted adult.
- Hold a torch while trick-or-treating to help you see, and others see you.
- Look both ways before crossing the street and remember some costumes might make it difficult to see vehicles.
- Eat only factory-wrapped treats.
- Only visit well-lit houses or those indicating they are participating in Halloween.
- Never accept rides from strangers.
- Advise children that they should never enter strangers’ homes.
- Never invite children into your home.
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