Bladen County Sheriff Department and other law enforcement departments in the county announce they are working together to keep our residents safe.
Sheriff McVicker says, “We have been working as a team with Bladenboro, Elizabethtown, and White Lake Police Departments, as well as the State Highway Patrol Office and the Wildlife Commission to make Bladen County a safer place. It is amazing how much we are getting accomplished because we are working together.”
With Halloween being this weekend, that team work will be especially needed to keep our children safe. It’s nice to know the law enforcement departments are working together.
According to McVicker all law enforcement officers in his department will be working this weekend.
Chief Hunt with the Bladenboro Police Department said, “I have been busy making sure all my officers have everything they need for this weekend.” He added, “I want to remind motorist to please drive carefully and pay close attention to the posted speed limits and stay within the limit because of the trick or treaters.”
According to Hunt the Trick or Treating official hours are from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm on Saturday evening.
McVicker said, “Halloween is a fun time in Bladen County, but let’s make it a safe time as well.”
Here are a few safety reminders:
** Motorists should watch for children darting out from behind parked cars and watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
** Parents are reminded to check the sex offender registry at sexoffender.ncsbi.gov/ when planning your child’s route. You can view maps that pinpoint registered offenders’ addresses in your neighborhood and sign up to get email alerts when an offender moves nearby.
** An adult or older responsible youth should be supervising children under age 12.
** Children should stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well lit and should never enter a stranger’s home.
** Pin a slip of paper with the child’s name, address and telephone number inside a pocket in case the child gets separated from the group.
** Costumes should be made from fire-retardant materials, should be loose and not so long that it would be a tripping hazard for the child. If trick-or-treating after dark, costumes should be of light-colored material and have strips of reflective tape.
** Face designs or masks should not obstruct a child’s vision and allow for proper breathing.
** Accessories such as knives or swords should be made from cardboard or flexible material.
** Flashlights with fresh batteries should be carried.
** Throw away any candy that is unwrapped or partially wrapped, or has a strange odor, color or texture.
** Homeowners are reminded to keep candles and Jack O’ Lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame.