Police beef up patrols tonight

Trail RCMP are reminding residents that the last costume they want to see on Halloween night is a man or woman in a police uniform.

Trail RCMP are reminding residents that the last costume they want to see on Halloween night is a man or woman in a police uniform.

Locally, there will be extra members on duty to carry on patrolling tonight while the trick-or-treaters roam the city, as will Selkirk Security Services be keeping an eye.

“It’s Halloween so any area we’ll be watching,” said Sgt. Rob Hawton. “We’re looking for people who are out to cause problems as opposed to just enjoying the festivities. Usually the problems we have with Halloween is vandalism so we’re especially going to be vigilant with that.”

Beyond typical mischief like pumpkin smashing, launching firecrackers and egging, police focus on drinking and driving. Hawton said there might be a few roadblocks set up to crack down on those who don’t plan a responsible ride home.

He reminds trick-or-treaters to be safe, too, and choose a costume that offers good visibility.

“They should be able to see clearly and not have their vision obstructed, they should wear clothing that’s very visible in the dark and certainly the younger ones should have adults present there, too, to make sure things are done in the best manner,” he said.

“I just hope everyone enjoys themselves but, again, use normal precaution.”