Amherst Police want to keep Halloween safe

Darrell Cole
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Emergency officials to be out in full force on Thursday

Halloween has been relatively quiet in Amherst in recent years, police want to keep it that way.

Halloween has been relatively quiet in Amherst in recent years, police want to keep it that way. Const. Tom Wood says police and emergency officials will be out in full force on Thursday.

AMHERST – Amherst has been fortunate in that there haven’t been any serious incidents on Halloween in recent years.

Const. Tom Wood is hoping to keep it that way when trick or treaters hit the town’s residential areas on Thursday.

“Everyone has a role to play in making sure we have a safe and fun Halloween,” Wood said. “We’ve been very fortunate in that we haven’t had any major incidents on Halloween night here for many years, but we all have to be prepared just in case.”

Wood said police officers will be out in full force throughout the evening making sure everyone is safe. He said police will be conducting both foot and motor patrols throughout the town.

They will be joined by members of the Pumpkin Patrol that includes representatives from Emergency Health Services, the police and fire departments, the Cumberland-Westmorland Amateur Radio Club and Tantramar Radio.

Previous years has also seen staff from Eastlink taking part in the patrol that gives trick or treaters a safe place to turn if they need help.

Wood is urging motorists to be extra cautious around town as there’s always the possibility of children darting out on to the street when going from house to house.

“We always encourage children to start up one side of the street, get to the end and cross at a corner, but often they will go back and forth across the street,” Wood said. “We are asking motorists to be a little extra cautious and to try and avoid some of the busier streets, like Winston Avenue and others that see a lot of trick or treaters.”

Wood suggested parents drop their children off at the end of a street and set a location where they can be picked up at the other end.

As for trick or treaters, Wood said it’s important for children to be seen and to be able to see. He suggested wearing costumes that don’t obstruct vision and are reflective. He also said it’s important for children to never go into a house or a stranger’s car, never go to a home where there’s no light and he said homeowners should make sure their walkways are clear of obstructions.

Another important safety tip is for children not to consume any Halloween candy until they get home, where their parents can inspect them to make sure there are no foreign objects inside.

He also suggests calling the police department if they see something suspicious.

“Sometimes people want to get into a little mischief when they are out by throwing eggs, but they need to know that it’s still a crime. Vandalism is vandalism,” Wood said.

Wood also expects there will be some Halloween parties on Thursday and is urging anyone attending not to drink and drive.

Organizations: Pumpkin Patrol, Emergency Health Services, Cumberland-Westmorland Amateur Radio Club

Geographic location: Winston Avenue

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