The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office continues to look for
the newborn baby of Leah Marie Lund, who is believed to have given birth to a
girl between September 10 and 18. The Sheriff’s Office asked the public for
help in finding the 16-year-old Lund earlier in October. She was believed to
have given birth outside of medical observation. The Sheriff’s Office feared
for the safety of the baby due to the mother’s alleged heroin use.
While Lund was found in mid-October, the Sheriff’s Office
has been unable to locate the baby. If you know where the baby is located,
please call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
The North Snohomish County Property Crimes Unit is looking
for a couple who burglarized a Stanwood home on December 7. They drove a
mid-1990’s green Honda Civic. He is white, 6’3” and skinny. She is white, in
her 20’s and about 5’6”. If you know the
name of this couple, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). All calls
are anonymous and you might be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.
Meanwhile, Bothell Police are looking for a suspect in an
early evening burglary on December 27. The suspect spent a few minutes in the
house, when the alarm sounded he quickly left the area. While the pictures from
the security video are not the greatest, Bothell police hope that someone can
give them a lead on the name of this suspect. If you can help, contact Officer
Provencher at email@example.com
or at (425) 485-1254 and refer to case number 15-26870.
With Christmas rapidly approaching, everyone in your family
will be opening their gifts and then you will have to do something with all of
those empty boxes.
After everyone in your family have opened their gifts on
Christmas, break down the boxes and put them in your recycle container. Don’t
leave any excess boxes showing outside of the container. Would be burglars can
use the boxes as a sign that your house is worth breaking into if they see what
you bought as gifts. They especially like to take high value electronics such
as Xbox One’s, flat screen TV’s, cell phones, etc. Placing your old boxes in
your recycling takes away knowledge of what you have and takes away an
opportunity for a thief to steal from you.
And have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Here are some scams and prevention measures that have made
the news in the last few weeks:
Attorney General sues world’s largest tech support company for scamming
customers. Yesterday, the Washington State Attorney General’s Office
announced that it has file suit against iYogi, for unfair and deceptive
business practices. According to the AG’s office iYogi promoted itself with
online ads. When customers called the phone number in the ads, iYogi
representatives would claim that they could provide tech support services for
whatever company the customer inquired about, including Microsoft, Apple, and
HP. The representative would claim that he has found “infected files” on the
customer’s computer then aggressively sell them tech support plans ranging in
price from $140 to $379. The representative would also tell the customer that they
needed to upgrade to Windows 10, an $80 charge, even though Microsoft offers
the upgrade for free. For details on this scam, go to the Attorney General’s
press release: http://atg.wa.gov/news/news-releases/ag-sues-one-world-s-biggest-tech-support-providers-stop-deceptive-scam-0
Better Business Bureau has been warning the public about a delivery scam.
Someone claiming to be from a delivery company calls you saying that they have
a package on the way. A short time later, someone shows up with a gift package
at your door. They will not know who sent you the package if you ask. If you
accept the package then you will be asked to pay a “verification fee.” The
driver then produces a hand held card scanner to swipe your credit or debit
card. According to the BBB, this is a scam to collect your credit card or debit
card information. You can see details here: http://www.bbb.org/blog/2015/12/delivery-scam-steals-customer-info-with-crafty-con/.
·Be on the
alert for scammers posing as legitimate business. While chip cards are
supposed to make it harder for crooks to manufacture credit cards, scammers are
changing their tactics by pretending to be legitimate companies to get you to
give them your account information. With the data breaches over the last year
or so, including those involving federal government agencies, many fraudsters
may take out credit card accounts or even file income tax returns in your name.
Check your credit report regularly with the three credit reporting agencies,
Experian, TransUnion and Equifax. Also, file your income tax return as early as
you can. For more information go to: http://time.com/money/4120796/outsmart-new-cyber-scams/?utm_content=buffere603e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer.
police catch up to prolific identity thief. Earlier this month, the Everett
Police Department arrested Jaime Dinkins for investigation of forgery, theft
and identity theft. He is accused of passing at least 74 bogus checks worth
more than $50,000 in Snohomish County. He is suspected of being part of a stolen
mail and counterfeit check cashing ring. This arrest points out that identity
theft can be from local criminals through your mailbox (or even your parked
car). The Herald: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20151201/NEWS01/151209966.
to secure your router. The Federal Trade Commission recommends that you
secure your router from identity thieves by changing the name of your router
from the default name, change your router’s pre-set passwords and turn off any “remote
management” features that your router might have. FTC: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/your-route-security?utm_source=govdelivery.
The Autumn Meadows Neighborhood Watch has notified its
members about deliberate poisonings of dogs in Snohomish County. According to
an Autumn Meadows resident who is active with an online dog owners group, there
have been multiple poisoning incidents throughout the area. Incidents have also
occurred at Willis Tucker Park.
Apparently, someone is leaving meatballs with rat poison for
dogs to find and eat. At least one dog is dead, and tests proved that it ate
rat poison. Other incidents include poisoned meat being thrown into yards. In
several incidents, homeowners have found the meat before their dogs found them.
Autumn Meadows Neighborhood Watch encourages all dog owners
to watch for meat that is out of place and to report any suspicious activity to
As most of you know, the holiday season is a prime time for
package thefts. And it seems like the problem only gets worse with reports on
TV showing security camera video of people walking up to front doors and
leaving with packages that have been deposited by UPS, FEDEX or the Postal
There are things that you can do to protect your incoming packages
like having them delivered at work, picking them up at a UPS, FEDEX or US
Postal facility, having a neighbor pick up your package when it is delivered,
But, one neighborhood in South Jordan, Utah (a suburb of
Salt Lake City) is fighting back. The people there are placing decoy packages
on their front porches with the idea that if a package thief picks them up,
they will find nothing of value in the box. Neighbors hope that this will
discourage package thieves from coming back.
This idea may have some merit. If the reward of stealing
packages in a neighborhood becomes too low, package thieves might go somewhere
else to steal, or might find another crime to participate in.
Police might be a little antsy about citizens confronting
these thieves. But as long as the box is empty, or has items of little use or
worth to the thief, this should be fairly benign. As one neighbor put it, “The
goal isn’t to catch them in the act, that’s for the police. The goal is to make
it confusing and frustrating.” The hope is that the thieves get the idea that
most packages in the neighborhood are not worth the effort to steal.
So no need for snarky presents inside (say from your pets).
And empty might be just as good as having some weight in the box. Many packages
can be fairly light in real deliveries.
And if you have a security camera on your front porch, you
can still report the theft and give a deputy or local police the information so
that they can catch the crooks.
This is a new idea that might warrant consideration. How
effective it is will only be known when neighborhoods try it.
Two shootings in south Snohomish County have local law
enforcement agencies looking for suspects.
The latest shooting, in the 2100 block of 132nd
St. SE (Murphy’s Corner area) occurred around 1:25am this morning, when Mill
Creek police responded to an alarm. A tan or beige full-sized truck with no
canopy slowly rolled up to the scene. Shots were fired on the Mill Creek
Officers. No one was hurt. Police do not know if the shots were targeting the
Police gave chase but the vehicle got away. Later in the
morning, a vehicle, matching the description of the truck, was reported driving
recklessly at the Thomas Lake Shopping Center. Shots were also reported near
the shopping center at this time.
Mill Creek Police ask that anyone with information about the
incidents call 911.
In another incident, in the early morning hours, around
3:30am, of Saturday, Sheriff’s deputies responded to multiple 911 calls of a
loud party and possible gun shots in the vicinity of 4th Ave W and
124th St SW. Deputies did not find any activity or suspects. Around
4:00am, a man with a gunshot wound was dropped off at Swedish/Edmonds hospital
and then transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The man died
later in the afternoon.
Detectives with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Major
Crimes Unit are investigating. If you have any information about this incident
please call 911 or
At the beginning of this holiday season, I and local police
agencies have emphasized the importance of preventing car prowls. I ran across
two videos from the Denver Police Department that makes the point very well.
David is a former thief. He has reformed himself and part of
his giving back for all of the hurt he has caused are the two following videos.
Take a look at them and learn how you can prevent car prowls.
It’s happened again; another active shooter incident. More
people killed. More shock.
At this writing, the FBI has announced that it is
investigating the San Bernardino shooting as terrorist related. Whether
terrorist related, workplace violence related, or due to mental illness, to the
victims, it does not matter what the motive, they are now victims.
The ultimate solution for this epidemic of active shooter
incidents will only come after a national discussion of what to do. Whatever
measures that are implemented, they will not eliminate the problem overnight.
In the meantime, we need to take action to protect ourselves
while we live our lives. Paranoia and fear will not lead to effective action. Awareness
and a determination to survive will lead to success.
People who teach personal safety teach the importance of
being aware of your surroundings before they teach any physical techniques of
personal defense. Awareness is important not only in the context of mass
casualties or potential terrorism, it is important to the safety of our lives
in preventing property crimes and the protection against assault.
Active shooter situations are proving to be very difficult
to prevent, by police and by our society as a whole. An active shooter incident
can occur quickly and at unpredictable times and places. Hardening certain
locations with metal detectors, bullet proof glass and bullet proof doors might
help for some locations, but as the recent Paris terrorist attacks have shown,
there are many places that cannot be protected with extraordinary efforts.
Surviving an active shooter attack requires quick, thought
out action. The modern recommendation from law enforcement agencies in these
situations is to Run, Hide, Fight. This is a radical change in their thinking
since the Columbine mass casualty incident of several years ago. Major
corporations and governmental entities have taken to practicing what to do in
the case of a mass casualty incident. Planning and practice before an incident,
is key to survival.
Active shooter is as complicated as it is horrifying. Here
are some resources that you can use to better understand the subject and can
give you recommendations on what you can do to protect yourself.
CBS 60 Minutes:
The segment below, which aired before the San Bernardino
shootings, and its associated videos give a broad overview of law enforcement’s
perceptions of active shooter situations.
Burglars often knock before they break into a home. Package
thieves run up to the front porch and take a package. Someone may knock at your
door and you may wonder if you should go to the door. Cameras that cover a
front door can show video of thieves. However, many systems will only show you
the images after you discover the crime.
With our modern technology, effective security devices are
becoming more economical. This has been a trend for security cameras for
several years. Now, with Ring and Skybell, there are devices that allow you to
see who is at your door and to talk to them. Both products have cameras, two
way sound (microphone and speaker), motion sensors and smartphone apps that
notified you when someone rings your bell or they sense motion at the door.
Local police agencies have recommended installation of a
peep-hole device in front doors for a long time. They also have recommended
talking through the door instead of opening it if you are suspicious of someone
at the door. Ring and Skybell gives you flexibility in that when you are at
home you do not have to go to the door when the doorbell rings.
Also, when you are away, you can know who is at your door.
If a package thief or burglar is at the door, you can talk to them, to give an
impression that someone is at the house, or at a worse case situation, you can
call your local 911 agency. Of course if you are away, calling 911 will connect
you to the local 911 agency where you are located (at work or on vacation). So
you need to know the 10 digit phone number for your 911 agency at home. For
SNOPAC that is (425) 407-3970. For SNOCOM that is (425) 775-4545.
The units range in price between $150 to $200. Both are easy
to install. Both use your Wi-Fi to send data and communicate.
For more information about these innovative products you can
Most of us don’t need to call 911 on a regular basis. It’s
hard to know what to expect the first time we call. Here is an article that
gives an idea of the type of calls they receive, how they work, and other odds
and ends of information that might help you when you do have to call.
There is a lot of information about scams and fraud being
published now. Here is some information about the latest developments in the
FTC Clamps Down on
Favored Payment Methods by Crooks. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has
adopted new rules to ban the use of payment methods often preferred by scammers
and fraudsters. The methods often act like cash and are hard to trace the
transaction or to recover the funds. The now banned methods include:
·Money transfer services, including Western
Union, MoneyGram, and RIA Money Transfer.
·Cash reload cards such as MoneyPak, Vanilla
Reload, and Reloadit. Also banned are services that add money to existing
prepaid debit cards.
·Remotely created electronic checks. In this
case, the scammer will ask for the routing and account numbers found on your
checks and then withdraw the funds directly from your checking account.
Under its rule making authority, the FTC has banned these
methods. Now, if a telemarketer asks for payment by any of these methods, they
are breaking the law. If you receive a call from a scammer asking for payment
by any of the banned methods, the FTC asks that you report them to the FTC at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-1.
FTC Takes Action
Against Medical “Discount” Card Scammers. The FTC has obtained a judgement
against Constanza Gomez Vargas, Walter S. Vargas, and United Solutions Group
Inc. for falsely telling consumers that they were buying a qualified health
insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act. United Solutions Group targeted
Spanish-speaking consumers convincing them to purchase medical discount cards.
Consumers were told that the cards were like insurance and would pay for doctor
and emergency room visits. The cards were worthless despite the consumers
making monthly payments from $99 to several hundred dollars.
Holidays are a Good
Time for Scammers. I have emphasized this over the last few weeks. But,
here is an article from the “Credit Union Times” with the 12 Scams of
Christmas.” Some you already know, but others you might not have heard about.
Online shopping continues to grow, especially on Cyber
Monday. Online shopping is a prime activity for cyber thieves to steal your
identity. Cyber security specialists recommend that you take the following
actions to prevent becoming a victim on ID theft online:
for online scams
oBe wary of deals that are too good to be true.
Scammers often sneak “malvertising” with legitimate ads on the web.
oAvoid pop ups or offers with free downloads.
oBe wary of clicking on links. If a link seems to
take you to a legitimate retailer, type the URL, don’t click the link.
oBe sure that the URL starts with “https” or a
green lock shows on your browser before you make your online order.
oResearch online retailers that are you are not
familiar with before you order.
oDon’t do any online shopping through public
Wi-Fi networks. Use your secure network at home (or work if the boss isn’t
You might have noticed that information that you normally
can see on www.crimemapping.com is
not available or you cannot get into the crimemapping.com web site.
According to Shari Ireton, the Communications Director/PIO
for the Sheriff’s Office, the contract with crimemapping.com has ended. The
county is looking into a new vendor for crime mapping. It will take several
weeks before crime mapping returns.
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has released the
holiday issue of “Partners in Crime Prevention.” This issue focuses on ID
theft, tips on preventing crime while you shop and how to prevent home
The holidays are coming and with that the big shopping
season of the year. Online shopping and therefore package delivery continues to
grow as more people take advantage of the ease of looking for gifts and
ordering them with their computer, tablet or smartphone.
UPS, Federal Express and the Postal Service will be busy
delivering packages in the next few weeks. Securing delivered packages can be
difficult. Too often the TV news has video of someone going up to a front porch
and then walking (or running) away with a package that had been left a few
minutes before. Before the advent of inexpensive security camera systems, the
homeowner would be out of luck. With cameras, at least the victim homeowner can
show police who took the package.
Preventing package theft can be difficult. For most of us,
having a package waiting on our front doorstep makes it vulnerable to theft.
Even if a neighbor picks it up for you, soon after it is delivered, or you have
a camera covering your front porch, the package can be gone. You can’t expect
your neighbor to have their eyes glued to your house all day. And your camera
cannot stop a thief. All it can do is show a picture of a thief.
Crime prevention professionals often talk in terms of
“hardening the target” and taking away “opportunity” for a theft. One way to
harden the target might be to have a locking box that the UPS or FedEx driver
can deposit your package into. No one makes a locking box that is easy to use
for the driver or the homeowner. And if they did, then there is a problem of
how big to make it; too small and larger packages can’t be placed in it, too
large and it may not be practical to place on the front porch.
Taking away opportunity would mean that the package is not
visible from the street. Some things that you can do to take away opportunity
Request a signature on
delivery. This means that whoever accepts the package signs for it
ensuring that the driver hands it to someone at the delivery destination.
If no one is available to sign for it, the driver will try to deliver it
on another day.
Instruct the delivery
service to leave the package someplace that is out of sight of the street,
such as the back door.
One other option that UPS offers is to enter
your garage code as part of your profile in their free My Choice service. When
the driver is 10 feet from your house, he/she is given your code to open the
garage door. The driver can place the package in your garage and then close the
door. The code disappears from the driver’s handheld when he/she is beyond 10
feet from your house.
If you are having a package delivered to your home, sign up
for an automatic alert to your email or via a text so that you know it has been
delivered. You might also consider using an app that tracks your package.
Encourage your neighbors who stay
at home to be on the lookout for suspicious vehicles (for example following
delivery trucks) and report them to 911 right away.
This is where locking mailboxes have an advantage. Many
residential locking mailbox units that serve 4, 8 or more houses have one or
two locked package compartments. While UPS and FedEx drivers do not have access
to these units, when a package is delivered by your postal carrier it is
You can also:
·Have your packages delivered to your work
address or to a neighbor’s address.
·Have your packages sent to a nearby UPS or FedEx
Protecting your delivered packages is currently an imperfect
proposition. To have absolute security from the time the package delivery
company accepts it to your hands may require some inconvenience. While cameras
can act as somewhat of a deterrent, they are not perfect. If you are not
picking up your package at a UPS, FedEx, or Postal Service facility or at work,
taking your package into your house as soon as possible after delivery may be
your best strategy to preventing package theft.
The Washington State Patrol (WSP) reports that it has
received numerous calls from the public regarding phone calls from individuals
claiming to be from the WSP and soliciting contributions over the past 4
months. The WSP has determined that the phone calls are from scammers
The Washington State Patrol Troopers Association (WSPTA)
does have a telemarketing company that solicits the public for donations.
However, the company does not use hard sell tactics nor will they ask for
credit card numbers or personal financial information over the phone. Also,
individual troopers will not call you soliciting donations.
Be skeptical of anyone representing themselves as a trooper
or from the Troopers Association who wants your credit card or other financial
information. WSP recommends that if you think you are receiving a call from a WSP
scammer, hang up and call one of the local WSP district offices.
Be wary of anyone contacting you on the phone, email, or via
social media soliciting donations related to the Paris tragedy. If the caller
pressures you to donate right away, wants cash or wants the funds wired to them
Here is some general guidance if you would like to give:
We all fear a burglary at home. Sgt. Shane Hawley talks about
when burglars are most likely to break into your home. Hint, it’s not at night,
that’s when the car prowlers are out. Take a look at this YouTube video learn
when to expect a burglary:
Here is an update of some of the latest (and some of the
oldest) scams currently going around:
Secret Sister Gift
Exchange- Facebook and Instagram users have been seeing posts for a “Secret
Sister Gift Exchange.” In this scheme, someone makes a first post inviting 6
friends to participate with a list of secret sisters. If you receive this first
post, you are supposed to send a $10 gift to sister number 1 on the list
provided by the person who invited you. Then you move sister number 2 on the
list to position number 1, place your name as number 2 and invite 6 of your
friends to take part. Theoretically, your 6 friends would invite 6 of their
friends and you could receive 36 gifts.
The problem with this scheme is that it is a “pyramid
scheme” like old chain letters that you might receive in the mail before the
internet. Pyramid schemes and chain letters are illegal according to federal
law. So, ignore any invitations to participate. For more information about this
pyramid scheme, go to:
Holiday Scams- The
AARP Fraud Watch Network is warning the public about holiday scams that are
likely to occur this Christmas season.
·For example, scammers will be posing as
charitable organizations to take your money. Some may give only a small
percentage to a legitimate charity while keeping the bulk of the collected
proceeds for themselves; others will just keep all of the money for themselves.
The Fraud Watch Network recommends that before giving money that you make sure
the charity is registered with the Washington State Secretary of State’s office
at 1-800-332-GIVE or online at www.sos.wa.gov/charities/.
·A great way to for a fraudster to take your
identity is through public Wi-Fi. In middle man attacks at your local coffee
house, hotel or airport, the potential ID thief can capture your ID, passwords,
and account information if you check your bank account or purchase items online
using the available free Wi-Fi. This is true even if you connect securely by
https. The best action is to do your online banking or purchasing from your own
secure network at home.
·When making any kind of purchase use your credit
card, not your debit card. This is true if you are at a restaurant, a brick and
mortar store, or online. With your credit card, you are only liable for the
first $50 of a fraudulent transaction. With a debit card you have no recourse
and the fraudster can have unlimited access to all of the funds in your bank
account if he obtains your debit card account number. Leave your debit card in
your safe at home.
·The holidays are the time of year when we often
give gift cards to family and friends from specific stores. Often we see racks
of gift cards at grocery stores there for our convenience. Some scammers have
been known to surreptitiously collect the account numbers of these cards on the
racks and then check online to see if someone has purchased the cards and
activated them. If they have been activated, the fraudster quickly drains the
card of all of its funds. If you want to give a gift card to someone, purchase
the card directly from the restaurant or store.
Scams that target
older Americans- The elderly are often targeted because scammers assume
that they probably have money and/or they may be easily confused or persuaded.
This recent article from MarketWatch.com lists several scams to watch out for:
Car prowls seem to be a consistent problem in our area. In this
video of a training session sponsored by the NW Law Enforcement Business
Alliance, Everett Police Department Crime Prevention Officer Eddie Golden gives
some perspective on car prowls and identity theft.
1.Officer Golden points out that the FTC does not
investigate specific cases. On its web site, the FTC says that it collects “…complaints
about hundreds of issues from data security and deceptive advertising to
identity theft and Do Not Call violations, and make them available to law enforcement
agencies worldwide for follow-up.” So while the FTC may not be able to help you
with your specific case, filing a complaint with them can help with FTC and law
enforcement agencies’ investigations and law suits against those who break
consumer laws (https://www.ftc.gov/about-ftc/what-we-do).
2.In his talk, Officer Golden talks about how one car
prowl group operated. It is a good example of how easy car prowls can occur.
Take a look at this 18 minute video and heed officer Golden’s
recommendations for protecting your possessions and your identity:
This morning The Herald published an in depth four part
series on jails, alcoholism and mental health. It covers the potential tragedy
of jails and inmates with mental health problems, Sheriff Ty Trenary’s policies
on mental health and addiction in the Snohomish County jail, the efforts of the
Sheriff’s Office to encourage the homeless with addictions and mental health
problems to get help and a success story of how one man, with the help of a new
program, has been working to solve his addiction problems.
ATM skimmers have been around for several years. Skimmers
are devices that are surreptitiously placed on an ATM machine to record the
account information on the magnetic tape of your credit or debit card when you
swipe it in the ATM. The Skimmer equipment is often designed to blend in to the
ATM and is often hard to spot.
With at advent of chip cards, in Mexico, scammers have
developed a new device called a “shimmer” that tries to capture the information
on the chip. The shimmer is designed to cover the ATM’s chip reader so that the
shimmer can also read the card’s chip.
In Europe, security officials have noticed the use of an “insert
skimmer” which is a wafer-thin device that fits inside the slot that you insert
your card into. Insert skimmers are much harder to detect.
The scammer may have your account information, but without
the PIN number he cannot get into your account. An easy way for the scammer to
get that information is to hide a pinhole camera near the ATM’s keypad. They
get clever by placing the pinhole cameras on a false panel above the keypad, beside
the keypad, behind convex mirrors, or even false fire alarms.
AARP’s Fraud Watch Network recommends that when you are at
·Examine the ATM before entering your card. Look
for parts that have different colors than the rest of the machine. Look for
unusual equipment at the mouth, keypad, sides or overhead. Wiggle the slot. If
it is not securely attached, go to another ATM.
·If you see an out-of-service message, go to
another location. In one scam, out-of-order signs were placed on ATM’s to steer
victims to a compromised ATM.
·Before inserting your card, try several keys
such as “enter,” cancel,” and “clear.” A sticky keypad could be a ruse to
prevent you from completing your transaction. When you leave to complain about
the problem, a fraudster can come up to the machine and complete your
transaction to withdraw cash.
·Always cover the keypad as you enter your PIN!
By protecting your PIN in this way, if a scammer does get your account number,
he will not have your PIN to get into your account.
The North Snohomish County Property Crimes Unit is looking
for Michael Dean Taylor who is a suspect in several vehicle thefts in North
Snohomish County. Unit detectives say that he is also a prolific car prowler
and ID thief.
According to the detectives, Taylor likes to hang out at
casinos where he spends money and gets free coffee. He is known to spend time
in Skagit County, Stanwood and Arlington.
If you know where to find Mr. Taylor, call Crime Stoppers at
Halloween is coming and time for trick or treating and
partying to enjoy the tradition. The Lynnwood Police Department reminds
everyone to be safe:
• Go trick-or-treating with a grown-up. If kids are mature
enough to go trick-or-treating without supervision, make sure they stick to a
predetermined route with good lighting.
• Take advantage of one of your community’s pre-planned
• Make sure your costume lets you see and hear perfectly.
You need to watch and listen for cars.
• Wear brightly colored clothing, use glow sticks and carry
a flashlight so drivers can see you.
• Have an adult check all treats before eating them. If in
doubt, throw it out.
• Cross streets safely. Cross at a corner, using traffic
signals and crosswalks. Try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in
front of them. Look left, right and left again when crossing, and keep looking
as you cross. Walk, don’t run, across the street.
• Walk on well-lit sidewalks or paths. If there are no
sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should
walk in familiar areas with minimal street crossings.
• Be a safe pedestrian around cars. Watch for cars that are
turning or backing up. Never dart out into the street or cross between parked
• Be especially alert. Remember that popular
trick-or-treating hours occur during the typical rush-hour period, between
• Drive slowly. Slow down and anticipate heavier than usual
• Lights on. Be sure to drive with your full headlights on
so you can spot children from greater distances.
Some fire safety tips include:
• Use a battery-operated candle or glow-stick in
jack-o-lanterns and avoid using candles.
• When choosing costumes, stay away from long trailing
• Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper catch fire
easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like
light bulbs and heaters.
• Teach children to stay away from open flames including
jack-o-lanterns with candles in them.
• Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing
blocks escape routes. Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working.
And, Sheriff Ty Trenary reminds everyone:
Impaired driving is a leading factor in Washington traffic
deaths. We’re working with the Washington State Patrol and other Snohomish
County law enforcement agencies to keep alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers off
You can do your part this Halloween by driving sober,
designating a sober driver, or taking alternative transportation.
Don't let Halloween
become a nightmare: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.