The Abbotsford Police Department is gearing up for what is expected to be a busy Halloween on Friday.
Additional officers will be deployed to cope with the increased call load, to monitor the roads and to keep “trick-or-treaters” safe, according to police. Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service and Abbotsford bylaw enforcement officers will also be out monitoring the Halloween activities.
Police are also reminding the public that the City of Abbotsford prohibits the sale, trade, possession or discharge of fireworks unless authorized by permit. Fireworks-related calls result in police resources being diverted from valuable investigative and proactive work, police say.
Trick-or-treaters and other revellers have a few things they can do to improve safety on Halloween, according to police.
Parents should accompany young children, and plan a route for older, unaccompanied children. Trick-or-treaters should travel in groups, carry flashlights or glow sticks and wear costumes that are easily visible and allow unrestricted movement and vision. They should attend only well-lit homes and accept treats only at the door and all treats should be examined by a guardian or parent before they are consumed by children.
Pedestrians should use the sidewalks and be aware of cars and be respectful of people and their property
Drivers should be mindful of pedestrians and travel slowly in residential areas
Those attending parties should plan for a safe way home, while party hosts should assist guests to execute those plans.