Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Monday, October 29, 2007

10-29-07 Halloween Patrols & Safety Tips

10-29-07 Halloween Patrols & Safety Tips

    Boise, Oct, 29, 2006 - Boise Police will have extra patrols out Halloween night, in what's become a Halloween tradition for the department,  hoping to make the evening safe for little ghosts and goblins and their families.

    Boise Police will focus on what typically are the busiest streets in the city for trick-or-treaters; Harrison Blvd. and Warm Springs Blvd. Residents on Harrison tell officers they usually see more than two-thousand trick or treaters each year.   

  • Harrison Blvd: The Boise Police Mobile Substation will be parked at Harrison and Resseguie from approx. 5:30 p.m. to approx. 10:00 p.m. on Halloween, Wednesday, October 31st. Officers manning the substation will also be handing out candy to passing trick-or-treaters.
  • Warm Springs Blvd: Boise Police will have an extra patrol officer assigned to cruise Warm Springs Blvd. monitoring both pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
  • RSO's - Boise Police have 4 officers assigned to work with Probation & Parole on Operation Lights Out. For more on Operation Lights Out involving registered sex offenders, please contact Jeff Ray at the media relations office for the Idaho Dept. of Corrections at 658-2141.

    Officers have found the Substation and extra patrols remind motorists to watch their speed. 


Halloween Safety Tips:

  • Parents should accompany their children and carry a flashlight for safety and visibility.

    • Have children wear costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure shoes fit well and costumes are short enough to prevent tripping.

    • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.

    • Avoid using simulated knives, guns or swords. If such props are used, be certain they do not appear authentic and are soft and flexible to prevent injury.

    • Always walk. Never run across a street.

    • Confine, segregate or otherwise prepare household pets for an evening of frightful sights and sounds. Be sure that all dogs and cats are wearing collars and proper identification tags.

    • Motorists should remain cautious and drive slowly. Adult party-goers should have a designated driver.

    • Law Enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.