by Sgt. Jennifer S. Ross
Every Halloween, the Decatur Police Department has additional employees on duty throughout the entire City. To supplement regular staffing, additional Police Officers, Investigators, CAPS volunteers and Command Staff will patrol neighborhoods, parks, school properties, the Decatur Cemetery and business districts in marked patrol cars, unmarked cars, bicycles and on foot.
During Halloween there is more vehicular and pedestrian traffic in residential neighborhoods, including many children who may be distracted and not paying attention. So please be extra cautious and aware.
Remember, if you have given out all your “treats” or you do not want to participate, turn off the front lighting at your home. Also, if you see or hear things that seem stranger than what you would expect from Halloween fun or it is later in the evening, call the Decatur Police Department at 404-373-6551.
We want everyone to have a safe, fun and spooktacular Halloween. For safety tips, check out the following link to the “Playing it Safe on Halloween” brochure published by the National Crime Prevention Council: http://www.ncpc.org/resources/files/pdf/halloween/playing-it-safe-on-halloween-pointers-for-parents.pdf.