News release - 10/29/2012

Published 10/29/2012 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: Halloween Safety Tips
DATE/TIME: October 29, 2012, 5:00 pm
PREPARED BY: Senior Officer Luis McArthur, Public Information Officer,
(805) 385-7631,
Senior Officer Luis McArthur, Public Information Officer,
(805) 385-7631, 

(Oxnard, CA)The Oxnard Police Department is suggesting ways to keep children and adults safe this Halloween.
Police are mostly concerned with increased pedestrian traffic that comes with trick-or-treaters.  Police urge parents to equip their little ones with a glow stick or a flashlight. The glow sticks often work better than flashlights because children often shine a flashlight downward, which doesn’t make them any more visible.

Officers will be working in the neighborhoods, not just along the main roadways, to make sure drivers slow down. Patrol officers, will also focus on detaining any suspected drunken drivers.

To keep safe this Halloween, the Oxnard Police Department recommends these trick-or-treating tips: 
Children should:


  • Use sidewalks and not walk in the street.
  • Cross only at corners or marked cross walks.
  • Never cross the road between parked cars.
  • Never go into a stranger’s house.
  • Watch for cars.
  • Carry a glow stick or a flashlight.

Costumes should be:

  • Flame retardant.
  • Not have high heels or dangling pieces to trip on.
  • Light colored or have reflective materials attached.
  • Use face painting rather than masks or things that can hinder vision.

Drivers should:

  • Drive in an extra cautious manner.
  • Keep an eye open for children.

Parents should:

  • Instruct their children not to open their candy until they return home.
  • Inspect all candy for tampering before their children eat it.
  • Make sure an adult accompanies young children.
  • Know what route their children will be taking.
  • Have a set time limit for children to return home.

Homeowners should:

  • Have the outside of their homes well lit.
  • Remove all obstacles from their lawns to avoid injuries.

Report any drunken drivers, mischief, or vandalism to police. The Oxnard Police non-emergency number is (805) 385-7740.
  DATE / TIME PREPARED:  October 29, 2012, 5:00 pm 


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