In an effort to promote a safe and enjoyable Halloween for all school aged children in the City of Boston, the Boston Police Department in conjunction with the Transit Police and the Boston School Department, would like to provide the following message to students and their families. As well as some safety tips to keep in mind for a safe night out.
The Boston Police and the MBTA Transit Police have noted a recent uptick in incidents involving school-aged individuals committing acts of vandalism and other criminal activity throughout the City of Boston and on the MBTA. It is believed that these individuals have been and continue to be recruited by their peers via various social media sites to participate as part of a larger group in this activity. In recent weeks, officials have learned of the groups’ intention to engage in lawless and destructive behavior on Halloween.
Specifically, social media outlets are being used to get students to participate in these groups on Friday, October 31, 2014. The social media outlets are advising students to ride bicycles, wear masks, and carry objects that may potentially be used as weapons.
The Boston Police and the Transit Police strongly discourage this behavior. We ask parents/guardians to exercise caution and to report any unusual activity to the Boston Police Emergency 911 call center. Additionally, passengers using the MBTA can download the MBTA's "See Something Say Something" App on their cell phones. They are asked to use the "See Something Say Something" App to report suspicious behavior during the Halloween Weekend. Anyone observed acting rowdy, destructive or committing a crime while on the MBTA should be reported to the MBTA Transit Police Department at (617) 222 1212 or electronically through the App. The reports can be made anonymously or with call back information. These reports are monitored in "real time" at Transit Police Headquarters.
Halloween Safety Tips
- Parents should establish a route for children and stay within familiar areas and surroundings.
- Remind kids not to enter strangers' homes or cars.
- Remind children to avoid homes without an outside light on.
- Attach your phone number and address to your children’s costume.
- Take a flashlight.
- Be sure clothing/costumes are bright, reflective and flame retardant.
- Set rules about not eating treats until kids get home. Be sure to inspect all treats before allowing kids to eat them.
- When in doubt, throw it out! Candy that has been opened should be thrown away. Any homemade treats or fruit should be inspected closely.
- Never cross the street from between parked cars. Always use crosswalks to ensure you will be seen.
- Watch open flames from jack-o-lanterns as they can catch costumes and long wigs on fire.
- Make sure that fake knives, swords, and guns are made from cardboard or other flexible materials to avoid accidental injury or worse, have them mistaken for the real thing!
- It is also important to ensure that your home is safe and accessible to trick-or-treaters. As adults there are some very simple things we can do to make the evening safe everyone……
- Turn on your porch light.
- Move lit jack-o-lanterns off the porch where kids get bunched up if they are trick-or-treating in groups.
- Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard.
- Drive slowly all evening. You never know what may suddenly cross your path.
- Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police.