State and local police are urging residents to take safety precautions on Halloween.
”The Connecticut State Police and all resident state troopers will be out in force on Halloween to keep state residents safe,” accordng to a statement.
The agency recommended that parents and children wear brightly colored or reflective clothing on Tuesday and carry flashlights.
In addition, state police advised that parents check the state’s sex offender registry before mapping out a route.
Meriden police spokesman Sgt. Darrin McKay said the department hasn’t seen increased criminal activity in recent years on Halloween.
“We’ve been pretty good for the last few years and we don’t anticipate having any problem this year,” he said.
Still, the department will be taking precautions.
“We usually have some extra cars out on the road and we definitely have some extra presence as well,” he said. Drivers are reminded to be aware of the increase in pedestrian traffic.
“Take a little extra time to get where you’re going,” McKay said. He recommended that trick-or-treaters travel in groups, stay on sidewalks and avoid areas that are not well-lit.