Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 884 calls for service/events. Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Alarms (32), Car/Deer Accidents (50), Assist Citizen/Motorist Assists (51), Check Well Beings (21), Domestic Disputes (20), Shoplifting Complaints (31), Larcenies (11), Disorderly Person or Subject (10), Fight or Physical Altercation (7), Personal Injury Crashes (8), Property Damage Crashes (40), Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle (48), Traffic Hazards (27), Traffic Stops (151), Traffic Violations (49), and Civil Complaints (12).
Fall is here and there are signs of Halloween all around us. We all know that next to Christmas, Halloween is probably the next favorite holiday of kids. Many community groups and churches throughout Eaton County hold Fall Festivals, Trunk-or-Treat events, and trick-or-treating in the business districts. Check your local community newspapers for dates and times of these fun-filled family events. Here are just a few tips to keep your little goblins safe:
- Choose a light-colored costume that's easy to see at night. Add reflective tape or glow-in-the-dark tape to the costume and to the trick-or-treat bag.
- Only buy costumes labeled "flame-retardant."
- Make sure wigs and beards don't cover your kids' eyes, noses, or mouths.
- Masks can make it hard for kids to see and breathe. Instead, try using non-toxic face paint or makeup.
- Don't use colored or decorative contact lenses, unless they're prescribed by a licensed eye doctor.
- Put a nametag — with your phone number — on your children's costumes.
- To prevent falls, avoid oversized and high-heeled shoes. Make sure the rest of the costume fits well too.
- Make sure that any props your kids carry, such as wands or swords, are short and flexible.
· Kids under age 12 should always go trick-or-treating with an adult.
Walk on sidewalks on lit streets (never through alleys or across lawns).
Walk from house to house (never run) and always walk facing traffic when walking on roads.
Cross the street at crosswalks and never assume that vehicles will stop.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich