Cops: Use Extreme Caution When Trick-or-Treating

Police are anticipating kids will be out-and-about on Wednesday afternoon.

Though Sandy has cancelled a lot this week, it can't really cancel Halloween, can it?

"We're expecting kids are going to be trick-or-treating," said Town Police Lt. Chris Hatch. He's the precinct commander in Montauk, where he said children and their parents will gather at around 3:30 p.m. "They are going to do their trick-or-treating before dark," which he recommends for kids in any of the hamlets.

All children should be accompanied by adults, he said.

The roads are still possibly dangerous, Hatch said. "We recommend they exercise extreme caution," he said. There are downed wires and trees that may not be secured yet.

Hatch said the police department would have preferred to put Halloween off a few days. "The reality is we can't, with the limited cellphone service and Internet service, get in touch with everyone."

Earlier on Wednesday, the Suffolk County Police Department suggested parents consider keeping their kids home and celebrating Halloween indoors. "Trick-or-treating and traditional Halloween celebrations are intended to be fun for children, however, due to the recent storm, it may be unsafe to be outdoors. If parents choose to take the risk of going trick-or-treating with their children, they must be aware of the dangers these post-storm conditions pose to their children’s safety."


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