|The Month of October is the Domestic Violence Awareness Month! |
HPD Special Crimes Division
Do you fear your partner?
Has your freedom been severely limited?
Is your partner a bully?
Can you express your opinions freely?
Have you been shot, stabbed, sexually assaulted, threatened with a deadly weapon, strangled, slapped, punched, verbally and/or emotionally abused, stalked and harassed or suffered any other form of violence by an intimate partner, a family member, in-law, boyfriend, girlfriend, roommate or acquaintance? There is help if you believe you are a victim of family violence! Family violence is commonly known as domestic violence or domestic abuse. The HPD Special Crimes Division investigates cases of family violence.
Halloween is a fun time for children and can be for parents as well. Following these safety tips can help ensure a safe and fun Halloween for your children and you.
Making Your Home and Neighborhood Safe
• Turn on exterior lights to welcome trick-or-treaters.
• Remove toys and other items from sidewalks and yard.
• Have your Neighborhood Watch or citizen’s group assist in patrolling the neighborhood.
• Ask for volunteers to act as crossing guards.
• If you operate a motor vehicle, drive slowly and be observant for children.
• Report suspicious activity or criminal activity to police.
Making child’s costume safe
• Make sure costumes are flame-retardant.
• Costumes should be kept short to prevent tripping.
• Have children wear comfortable shoes.
• Use make-up instead of a mask.
• Masks can be hot and can obstruct child’s view.
• Children should wear light colors or place reflective tape on costumes.
• Make costume accessories, (such as knives, guns, or swords) from cardboard or flexible materials.
• Halloween costume parties with treats, games, contests, haunted houses, etc. at:
• Fire stations
• Shopping centers/malls
Tips for Your Trick-or-Treaters
• Older children should travel with friends.
• Never alone.
• Set time limits for children to trick-or-treat.
• Map out a safe route.
• No shortcuts.
• Tell children not to enter a stranger’s house.
• Have children trick-or-treat while it’s still light outside.
• If it is dark, have them carry a flashlight.
• Tell your children not to eat treats until they return home and have you inspect them first.
• Allow children to eat only unopened candies and in original wrappers.
For more information,
visit www.houstonpolice.org or
Houston Police Department
Public Affairs Office
Community Outreach Unit
1200 Travis, Suite 2100
Houston, TX 77002