Halloween Safety Tips
The Monmouth Police Department wants to wish everyone a safe and fun night. We encourage everyone to take a few moments and review the following safety tips, especially with your children.
Trick or Treat Safety Tips
Stay in your own or a familiar neighborhood/Walk in groups
Bring a flashlight or glow stick/wear reflective clothing
Stop only at houses with their lights on
Don't go into strangers' homes for any reason
Make sure your costume doesn't drag on the ground
Carry only flexible knives, swords, or other props
Feed your children before heading out
Accompany your children
Inspect your child's candy
Plan the route ahead of time
When driving, watch for children darting between cars
Take a cellular phone or walkie-talkies
Avoid taking shortcuts in alleys, through people’s yards and stay in well-lit areas
If your child's costume is common (super hero character etc..) mark it with a colored tape or have your child wear a bracelet so you can identify your child
Don't drink and drive
Use caution when backing and entering into a driveway
Drive slowly down residential streets
Keep pets away from children
Use a glow stick instead of candles on your front porch
Remove obstacles from your front yard, and clear a pathway for trick-or-treaters to get to your door
Call the Monmouth Police Department at 734-8383 if you observe any suspicious activity.
OPERATION SAFE ROUTE
We urge parents/families to plan a safe trick or treat route that avoids homes of sex offenders. Please take the time to learn where sex offenders live so they and their homes can be avoided.
You can go online to visit the state's Sex Offender Registry Web site at http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor or call the Illinois Sex Offender Registry Team's (I-SORT) Hotline at 1-888-41-ISORT. You may also call the Monmouth Police Department for assistance – 1-309-734-8383.