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Troy Police stepping up patrols for Halloween night

TROY -- Police are stepping up patrols around the region to make sure this Halloween is a safe and fun one. The city of Troy is bumping up their presence this year, especially in certain areas. Troy Police say the most problematic areas are on the East Side of Troy, and in the Lansingburgh areas. There will be between five and eight officers roaming these neighborhoods during the evening hours Halloween, keeping an extra eye out for anything suspicious.

There will also be heavy police patrols on the roadways, specifically targeting those driving under the influence, so be prepared for the occasions DUI checkpoint in the city.

Captain John Cooney, with the Troy Police Dept. says over the past 10 years, acts of vandalism have been down in the city, however with incidents like the vandalism of the Uncle Sam statues earlier this year, they will be keeping an extra eye out.

The biggest issue he says with kids hitting the streets, is pedestrian safety.

"We're expanding our attention, we're expanding our attention to costumes making sure we see costumes that are safe, we're expanding our attention to traffic enforcement, so the kids can safely cross the streets, we're covering all the bases this year and we're looking forward to a very safe night," he says.

The New York State Police are offering up some tips for parents before kids head out trick-or treating. Make sure all costumes are visible at night, and if they are not put reflective tape on the front or back. Before kids eat any halloween candy, make sure an adult is able to examine it first in a well lit area. Throw away any opened or partially unwrapped candy. Tell your children to only visit neighbors and neighborhoods which you know, and never approach any unlit house. Avoid bringing along pets, as they may become upset by masks and costumes.

The New York State Police have a full list of tips for parents on their website. Check it out at: http://troopers.ny.gov/Publications/Crime_Prevention/halloweenclrbk.pdf