HALLOWEEN SAFETY FOR CHILDREN-TEENS
HALLOWEEN SAFETY FOR CHILDREN-TEENS
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Kids love Halloween! They get to dress up and get free candy! What a perfect holiday! Give your kids some precious Halloween memories that they’ll have for life.
Some of you kids already know things that you can do to be safe, like how to cross the street, not to talk to or go with strangers and things like that. But we adults know how exciting Halloween can be and that can make you forget to be careful.
Here are some tips that we have just for you kids, to help keep you safe on Halloween night! Some of these ideas are called “common sense” ideas that mean that they are things that you should know and use every day in life. You are never too young to learn!
Never, ever go into a stranger’s house or even ring their door for treats unless your parents are with you and say that it’s okay. There are some people in life that aren’t very nice to kids and you have to be careful. Always make sure that your mom or dad is within sight when you go out trick-or-treating.
Be careful when you cross a street. Make sure to look in both directions and make sure that there are no cars coming. If you have a little brother or sister with you, take their hand and help them get across the street, too. If the street has a stop light, wait until the cross walk light tells you that it’s okay to cross now, but still check before you cross, look both ways.
If you are an older kid or young teen, and going out with friends, make sure that your parents know where you are going and who you are going with. This may seem like a pain but they are your parents and they love you. They just want you to be safe.
If you can drive and are taking a bunch of friends to a party, make sure that you have enough gas to get there. You don’t want to run out on a dark street, all alone, like a bad horror movie!
If your parents give you a curfew, be home when they say. It builds trust between you and them and they are doing it for your own safety. If you are going to be late, call them and let them know.
Vandalism is never cool! Throwing eggs at cars and houses is not cool. Someone has to clean it up and it could be you, if you get caught. You can also be arrested and punished as a juvenile. So, don’t think that it’s fun only if you can get away with it. It’s never the right thing to do! Think about how you would feel if someone did that to your house and how bad it would make you feel.
Hurting animals is never acceptable behavior! Some people use Halloween as an excuse to hurt cats and that is just wrong! Not only is it illegal in most places to hurt or torture animals and punishable by law, you should never hurt a helpless living thing.
Have fun on Halloween but keep it safe, have some good, clean fun and your parents will trust you for many Halloweens to come! Showing them how responsible you can be will give you a feeling of pride and make them see just how adult you really are.
HALLOWEEN SAFETY FOR ADULTS
Parents of trick-or-treating kids can get so caught up in the fun themselves that they might forget some simple safety ideas that could keep everyone out of trouble. Having a fun and safe Halloween will make it all worth while!
Kids love Halloween! They get to dress up and get free candy! What a perfect holiday! Give your kids some precious Halloween memories that they’ll have for life.
If you take your kids to a sponsored event, like a safe Halloween thrown by your church or community center, make sure to keep an eye on them at all times. Even though it seems less dangerous, you are still in a strange environment full of people that you don’t know. All it takes is a minute with your back turned to find your child gone.
Cell phones are everywhere now! Everyone seems to have one, they can be so affordable. Make sure that your child has a pre-programmed cell phone with him/her if they go out on Halloween night! Make sure that all important numbers are already there and ready for use.
Below are more common sense tips that can help adults keep their kids safe.
As bad as it sounds, this is just a fact of life now. Get on the internet and check your local state website for sex offenders. Almost every state has one; just do a search for your state sex offender site. Look up your zip code and it should have a list of registered offenders in your area that includes street addresses. Make sure that your kids stay away from these houses!
Know the route your kids will be taking if you aren’t going with them. Let them know that they are to check in with you every hour, by phone or by stopping back at home. Make sure that they know not to deviate from the planned route so that you always know where they will be.
Trick or treating isn’t what it used to be. In most cities it’s not safe to let kids walk the streets by themselves. Your best bet is to make sure that an adult is going with them. If you can’t take them yourself, see if another parent or two can.
Help your young child pick out or make a costume that will be safe. Make sure that its fire proof or treated with fire retardant. If they are wearing a mask of any kind, make sure that the eye holes are large enough for good peripheral vision.
Know what other activities a child may be attending, such as parties, school or mall functions. If they are going to be at a friend’s home, get the phone number and make sure that you’ve met the parents.
Make sure you set a time that your kids should be home by. Make sure they know how important it is for them to be home on time or to call immediately if something happens and they are going to be delayed.
Kids will be kids. Explain to kids of all ages the difference between tricks and vandalism. Throwing eggs at a house may seem funny but they need to know the other side of the coin as well, that clean up and damages can ruin Halloween for everyone. If they are caught vandalizing, make them clean up the mess they’ve made.
Some sick people find Halloween a great night to hurt cats. Explain to your kids that animal cruelty of any kind is not acceptable. Kids may already know this one on their own but stress the point that it’s not acceptable behavior. Make sure that they know that harming animals is not only morally wrong but punishable by law and will not be tolerated.
Serve your kids a filling meal before trick or treating and they won’t be as tempted to eat any candy before they bring it home for you to check. Check your local grocery store or craft store for Halloween cook books full of tasty treats on a horror theme for both kids and adults.
Make sure that if your child is carrying a prop, such as a scythe, butcher knife or a pitchfork, that the tips are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on. Make sure that costumes won’t get in the way when they are walking, which could cause them to trip.
Teach your kids about not getting into strangers cars or talking to strangers, no matter what the person says to them. Explain to them as simply as you can that some adults are bad and want to hurt children, that they should never go into a house that they don’t know, get into a car or go anywhere with a stranger. Also, tell them what to do should this happen, to scream as loud as they can to draw attention and to run away as fast as they can to someplace safe.
Be sure to show your children know how to cross a street properly. They should always look both ways before crossing the street and should only cross at corners or crosswalks. Make sure that if you have more than one child, they know to take the hand of the younger child when they cross a street.
Make Halloween a fun, safe and happy time for your kids and they’ll carry on the tradition that you taught them to their own families some day!
SECURITY-POLICE OFFICER SAFETY TIPS
Unfortunately, during the past six years, four security officers and two police officers have been killed in the line of duty while trying to protect property from vandalism and responding to what should have been “minor nuisance calls.”
There are some safety issues when working any overnight shift but on Halloween, the dangers more than triple for public safety personnel.
Here are a few tips that may keep you safe!
Above all else, use extreme caution, think before you react and be completely aware of your surroundings.
Never chase vandals, candy thieves or trespassers into unknown and darken areas alone, period!
Pranksters already hyped up on the ideas of the freaky, mischievous and naughty night of “fun” may turn on you trying to scare you off causing injury or even death.
Minor crimes are not worth the risk of life and limb.
Juveniles on this night are more likely to be armed with knives, pepper spray or guns as they set out to cause neighborhood chaos and commit destructive and/or assaultive acts all in the name of fun.
Many if not all children, teens and some adults will be dressed in some type of a costume, disguise or other identity altering wear-male up or mask making it harder to clearly identify risks, danger, identities and intents.
Use maximum caution approaching anyone for any reason and stay your distance, alert and on-guard until you can clearly identify threat levels and subject identity.
Halloween has also been used as a cover for increased robberies, burglaries, assaults and rapes and most people can easily move about in costume without being suspected of any wrong doing or criminal intent.
Look for adults who may be out of place, early in the day, extremely made over and heavy make-up and impossible to identify.
This could be a guise for criminal activity.
Communicate with co-workers, security dispatchers or police dispatchers before addressing dangerous situations, entering areas where a crime could be in progress, a fight is in progress or bodily harm has taken place or is imminent.
Halloween may be a night of fun, candy and laughter for children but for public safety personnel, it is a night of greatly increased dangers and unknowns.
All security officers must be on heightened alert regardless of assignment, physical location or any other reasonable factors.
Joshua Brian Kiernan, 22, was charged with resisting arrest, criminal mischief, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.
State police said Mr. Kiernan smashed a table game at about 1 a.m. and attempted to flee. He was detained, and as he was escorted by security guards and officers, he became physically combative and resisted arrest, troopers said. Mr. Kiernan was taken to the Monroe County Correctional Facility.
Las Vegas, NV October 24 2010 – One man is behind bars after police say he shot and killed a man in a casino bathroom.
The North Las Vegas Police Department was dispatched to the Opera House Casino in the 2500 block of North Las Vegas Boulevard just before 11:30 Friday night after casino security detained a suspect thought to have shot a man in the bathroom.
The investigation indicates that 21 year old Henderson resident Stefon Clark was robbing people in the casino bathroom.
During one of the robberies the victim was shot several times. The victim’s identity has not yet been released.
Clark was booked into the North Las Vegas Detention Center on charges of murder with a deadly weapon and robbery with a deadly weapon.
Anyone with information is urged to call the North Las Vegas Police Department at (702) 633-9111 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555. Tips leading to an arrest or an indictment called into Crime Stoppers may result in a cash reward.
This is the 12th murder in North Las Vegas this year.
Greece, N.Y. Oct 24 2010 — A new security training facility has opened on 3000 Mount Read Blvd, offering karate, women’s self defense, NYS Security Guard Unarmed courses and security guard defensive tactics.
Owner of the new venue, Ralph DiGiovanni, has been involved in martial arts for 28 years, and has recently been certified by the state to offer state security training. DiGiovanni said he has been sharing and renting out spaces to offer classes in the past, and has been very limited in business.
Now, he said, with the space on Mount Read Blvd., he will have more space and more time to devote to customers.
With a lease of 5 years, DiGiovanni said he plans to stay permanently, and hopes to draw attention to a newly added women’s self defense program. The course, said DiGiovanni, is designed to be simple, yet effective, culminating in a full on simulated attack sequence by week eight, where each person will be able to test what they have learned. The program will focus on reacting to an attack, maintaining confidence in the event of an attack and avoiding potentially serious situations.
To get involved in any of the listed courses or programs, call 260-6169 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
List of classes and times being offered:
Karate: Tuesday, Thursday (Beginners ) at 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday from 915 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Monday, Wednesday (Green thru Black Belts) 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Women’s Self Defense: Monday’s and Wednesday’s (call for times)
NYS Security Guard Unarmed Courses: (Monday,Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday’s) Special times offered if needed.
Security Guard Defensive Tactics: Thursday’s (Call for times and also special times if needed.)
Long Beach NY Oct 24 2010 A landlord is denying accusations that he repeatedly had sex with a dog in his tenant’s apartment.
Mitchell Marsicano reportedly pleaded not guilty Friday to sexual misconduct, attempted sexual misconduct and burglary. A Long Beach City Court judge set his bail at $20,000 bond or $10,000 cash.
Long Beach police said the 55-year-old forced his way into his tenants’ apartment and engaged in sex acts with a 2-year-old, 23-lb. male Shiba Inu dog named “snowball” on at least two occasions between Oct. 12 and Oct. 21.
Marsicano, who lives in the basement, had previously turned over the care of the dog to his tenants, Nassau County prosecutors said. The tenants called authorities after witnessing Marsicano sexually abuse the dog in their apartment at 2 a.m. Thursday, prosecutors said.
His attorney declined to comment.
Veterinarians at Westbury-based Nassau Animal Emergency Group examined snowball and found the dog showed injuries to its legs, consistent with being roughly restrained. The dog also showed signs of trauma and was uncharacteristically skittish to being touched on its hindquarters, according to prosecutors.
The dog is being cared for at the Freeport Animal Shelter.
Nassau County prosecutors are continuing the investigation and said additional charges could be filed.
Marsicano faces up to 15 years in prison for the alleged burglary and one year in jail for the sex charges.
He is due back in Nassau County court Oct. 27.
Brownsville TX Oct 24 2010 A U.S. Border Patrol agent was arrested by the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department on child pornagraphy charges, officials said.
Ernesto Padron, 38, was served with a search warrant and an arrest warrant on Thursday afternoon charging him with possession and promotion of child pornography, said Sheriff Omar Lucio.
On Friday morning, a Cameron County magistrate judge set bail for Padron at $500,000. The hearing was at the Carrizalez-Rucker Detention Center, where Padron remains in custody.
The arrest came after a lengthy investigation by the sheriff’s department, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Office of Professional Responsibility and by USBP Internal Affairs, Lucio said.
Padron, a Brownsville native and a 13-year veteran of the Border Patrol, is accused of possessing a large number of pornographic photographs and videos of underage children, the sheriff said.
“Apparently he had been doing this for two or three years,” Lucio said. “As to the amount of material I’m not exactly sure, but it is a large amount.”
According to Lucio, Padron worked at the Brownsville Station, located near Veterans International Bridge, and was arrested at his workplace. He said sheriff’s deputies also searched Padron’s house and seized his personal portable computer and his desktop computer.
However, according to Border Patrol spokeswoman Rosalinda Huey, Padron was arrested at his residence and not at the station.
Huey stated that on Friday morning, Padron turned in his resignation, which was accepted. During his arraignment Friday, Padron stated that he was unemployed and asked for a public defender.
Border Patrol officials declined to comment on the case, saying the investigation is ongoing.
Source:The Brownsville Herald
The 20-year-old guard was uninjured after being robbed by two men wearing ski masks while he was removing money from a safe at the dock at about 4 a.m.
Thursday, Vermont State Police said in a statement later in the day. Stewart said the robbers fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Shelburne police also are investigating the theft.
Santa Monica CA Oct 24 2010 Officers responded to the 1400 block of the Third Street Promenade regarding a female fighting with security as she was trying to leave the store without paying.
Upon arrival, officers were contacted by security. Security advised that the suspect entered the store wearing a pair of shoes but exited wearing a different pair.
Security brought the suspect back into the business. While in the store, the suspect allegedly removed a key from her purse and attempted to strike the security guard.
The suspect attempted to flee, but the exit was blocked by another employee.
The original security guard caught the suspect and a physical altercation ensued.
Security held the suspect until the police arrived. Further investigation revealed that the suspect had taken some lotion.
Total loss was valued at $148. Officers arrested the suspect, Susan Brownstein, 43, of Venice.
She was booked for robbery and a warrant. She was not eligible for bail.
PEORIA ILL Oct 24 2010 — A federal jury took about an hour Tuesday to dismiss allegations by a Peoria man that two Peoria County courthouse security officers were too rough with him six years ago when he was arrested and pepper sprayed.
Michael Levan, 47, claimed in a federal lawsuit that he was at the third floor courtroom on Feb. 4, 2004, for a parking ticket case. At some point, officers Sandra Westerfield and Steve George thought Levan was getting out of hand and arrested him on a charge of disorderly conduct. The officers testified during the two-day trial that Levan resisted, and George said he pepper sprayed him to get him to comply with orders.
Levan said he was not resisting. He also denied being disorderly. Levan was charged in Peoria County Circuit Court with aggravated battery and resisting a peace officer but was acquitted by a jury of all charges.
Shreveport LA Oct 24 2010 A police officer who was talking to a convenience store clerk as part of his regular patrol duties was shot and killed early Sunday by a man who drove up and opened fire in an apparently unprovoked attack.
The same person had fired shots an hour earlier at the guard house at the entrance to Southern Trace neighborhood, police said. The security officer inside was not hurt.
The suspect was arrested a short time after the fatal shooting. Police had a description of the shooter’s vehicle and spotted it in west Shreveport.
The slain officer is Sgt. Tim Prunty, 44, a 19-year veteran. Prunty’s twin brother is a Shreveport police officer.
Under arrest in connection with Prunty’s slaying is Christopher Cope, 24.
Police said Cope admitted shooting the officer but did not give a reason.
Detectives were investigating to try to determine what was going on in the suspect’s life that led him to go on the rampage.
Police Chief Willie Shaw said there was no indication Cope knew the store clerk or had previous run-ins with Prunty.
Cope had prior misdemeanor arrests for reckless operation of a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of alcoholic beverages, hit-and-run driving and underage DWI, court records show.
Cope faces charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. He will be held without bond.
Prunty was killed about 3:30 a.m. outside a Circle K convenience store at Dean Road and Bert Kouns Industrial Loop.
Police said he was outside the store talking to the clerk as part of his routine patrol duties when the driver of a Chevrolet Camaro drove up and opened fire, shooting the officer several times.
The shooter said nothing before opening fire, Shaw said. Prunty returned fire before he collapsed, police said.
He died at LSU Hospital.
The shooter drove away from the store. Police got 911 calls about the shooting and the vehicle the suspect was in.
A car matching the description of that vehicle was spotted about five miles away at Pines Road and West 70th Street. A chase ensued, ending about a mile away at Rasberry Lane and Financial Plaza, where the suspect got out of the car, put a gun on the ground and surrendered.