CYPRESS — Constable Mark Herman’s Office has planned ahead to make this October 31st, Halloween, another safe holiday in the communities his office serves.

“We have scheduled additional patrol deputies for this night,” the constable said. “In addition, we will have patrol deputies out specifically targeting known Sex Offenders that live in our communities. Our #1 goal is to keep our kids safe.”

Deputies have detailed lists of all sex offenders in their assigned areas and the conditions of their parole or probation. These conditions often include: not participating in Halloween. This means, no Halloween decorations, handing out candy, and or front porch lights on. Deputies will take a zero tolerance approach with any violations committed by sex offenders.

Here are some tips to help keep you safe on Halloween night. You are never too young to learn!

• Never, ever go into a stranger’s house or even ring their door for treats unless your parents are with you and say that it’s okay. There are some people in life that aren’t very nice to kids and you have to be careful. Always make sure that your mom or dad are within sight when you go out trick-or-treating.

• Be careful when you cross a street. Make sure to look in both directions and make sure that there are no cars coming. If you have a little brother or sister with you, take their hand and help them get across the street, too. If the street has a stop light, wait until the cross walk light tells you that it’s okay to cross now, but still check before you cross, look both ways.

• If you are an older kid or young teen, and going out with friends, make sure that your parents know where you are going and who you are going with. This may seem like a pain but they are your parents and they love you. They just want you to be safe.

• If you can drive and are taking a bunch of friends to a party, make sure that you have enough gas to get there. You don’t want to run out on a dark street, all alone, like a bad horror movie!

• If your parents give you a curfew, be home when they say. It builds trust between you and them and they are doing it for your own safety. If you are going to be late, call them and let them know.

• Vandalism is never cool! Throwing eggs at cars and houses is not cool. Someone has to clean it up and it could be you, if you get caught. You can also be arrested and punished as a juvenile. So, don’t think that it’s fun only if you can get away with it. It’s never the right thing to do! Think about how you would feel if someone did that to your house and how bad it would make you feel.

• Hurting animals is never acceptable behavior! Some people use Halloween as an excuse to hurt cats and that is just wrong! Not only is it illegal in most places to hurt or torture animals and punishable by law, you should never hurt a helpless living thing.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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