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Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for children, but sometimes hectic for parents and guardians. This Halloween, take a moment to consider basic safety precautions to help make your children’s Halloween a safer night of fun.

Before Halloween • Choose bright costumes, and have children carry flashlights or glow sticks so they are easily visible. (Hint – Try adding reflective tape to costumes and candy bags!) • Plan a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets. • Make sure children know your cellphone number, their home telephone number, and address in case you get separated. Consider giving them a cellphone so they can reach you easily. • Teach children how to call 911 in an emergency. • Teach children to say “NO!” in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them. Tell them to try everything they can to escape, including yelling, hitting, and kicking.

On Halloween • Make sure older children take friends and stay together while trick-or-treating. • Never send younger children out alone – they should be with a parent, guardian, or another trusted adult. • Always walk younger children to the door to receive treats. • Don’t let children enter a home unless you are with them. • Be sure children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless you are with them.


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Copyright © 2013 National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®. All rights reserved. These tips are adapted from Know the Rules…Halloween Safety Tips, copyright © 1990, 2011 and 2013 all rights reserved. This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MC-FX-K001 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® is a registered trademark of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

PIQUA POLICE DEPARTMENT Chief Bruce A. Jamison, CLEE 100 North Wayne Street  Piqua, Ohio 45356 Phone: (937) 778-2027  Fax: (937) 778-2008 Emergency Police Dispatch: 9-1-1  Non-emergency: (937) 440-9911  E-Mail:

!! Be Safe !! Piqua’s Trick-Or-Treat/Beggar’s Night is scheduled for Thursday, October 31, from 6pm until 8pm. Please follow the rules on the reverse of this paper to help us keep the little ghosts and goblins safe while they are gathering candy. There are predictions of severe weather during that time frame. The police department is working closely with other city leaders on this issue. You can expect an advisory to be issued on Thursday, which will be based on the most up-to-date information available. Regardless of any city-wide decisions, please do not allow your children to be outside trick-or-treating during any lightening. Likewise, consider and stop handing out candy during any lightning storms. Watch social media and local media outlets for advisories on Thursday. Please,

do not call police dispatchers to ask them. As is our tradition, full-size candy bars will be passed from police cruisers that are also providing extra patrol in all areas of the city on Beggar’s Night. The candy is purchased by the Piqua Juvenile Education Fund (not tax dollars). Teenaged role models will be riding in the cruisers to assists us with safe distribution. Remember this:  Don’t swarm any police car you see. Officers will still be on patrol responding to the normal disturbances and domestic disputes. Don’t get in the way.  Don’t stop across the street from a patrol car passing out candy and have the children run over to the cruiser. All crossings should still occur at intersections.  Wait for the officers and role models in the cruisers to give an indication that it is safe to approach the cruiser.

Let’s Be Careful While We’re Having All This Fun

Piqua Halloween Safety Tips  

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