Sheriff: Be safe this Halloween

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office wants everyone to have a fun, but safe Halloween. “Parents, please make sure that your child has some reflective material on their costume and walk in groups,” said Sheriff Deryl Loar. Parents should always be with young children.

Here are some safety tips:

For door-to-door trick or treating, go to homes of trusted friends, know your neighbors.There are many agencies that host safe Trick or Treating.Let an adult inspect all candy before eating.Only give or take candy in the manufacturer’s sealed package.Parents should always accompany young childrenDon’t go inside a stranger’s house, no matter what anyone says.Trick or Treaters should always be in groups, don’t go out alone no matter what your age.Stop only at well lit houses and Carry a flashlight or light stick.Use make up instead of a mask so you can see.Always keep a safe distance between you and moving cars.Be respectful of other people and their property.Start early; end early.Stop, look, and listen at corners.Don’t go between parked cars or crisscross back and forth across streets or into trafficDon’t carry sharp instruments.Make a map of your Trick or Treat route and check the route against the sex offender database.If adult celebrations include alcohol, whether hosting or participating, be responsible. As always, drivers need to remember “Over the Limit. Under Arrest.”

Visit for more safety tips.

 Please consider checking the FDLE Web site for the sexual offenders that are possibly in the neighborhood at: Offender.FDLE.State.FL.US.

The Sheriff’s Office will have extra patrols on for the Halloween weekend. Please be careful, responsible and have fun.

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