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Warning From Local Precincts: Have A Happy & Safe Halloween ‘But Don’t Break The Law!’

By Joan Ward George

Warning From Local Precincts:
Have A Happy & Safe Halloween
‘But Don’t Break The Law!’

If your 11 or 12 year old thinks this is the year to ask, "Mommy, am I old enough to have shaving cream on Halloween," you first really need to know the local police take on this issue.

Fact of the matter, you’re really never the right age to have shaving cream, fresh eggs, and the other gooey Halloween-concocted substances, if you’re intention is to throw them at cars or on people’s houses.

Squirting shaving cream and silly string on your willing cohorts and best friends can be fun, especially for first-time 10 year old tricksters, but disturbing traffic and destroying property is a big "No-No" and won’t be tolerated by our local police.

Although Rockaway’s finest want the community’s youngsters to have a safe and enjoyable Halloween, they are warning local youths that any random acts of vandalism will be treated as criminal acts and appropriate police action will be enforced.

Advance warnings by captains John Miller of the 100 Precinct and Gary Scirica of the 101 Precinct are meant to put parents and their children on notice that those caught causing damage to property, and throwing things at people’s homes or at local businesses or passersby, will be taken into custody and brought to their local precincts. Police advise that there will be "no tolerance" in treating those who are caught in the act.

Warning to parents, store owners this Halloween from our local precincts:

Parents: "Although the majority of kids are out behaving themselves, many are out causing problems. Please explain to your kids that they should respect other people’s property. Every year we catch kids with eggs and shaving cream and the only reason they carry these items is to use them against other kids or use them on cars. Encourage them not to carry or buy these items."

Storeowners: "For reasons stated above, we strongly urge you not to sell these items to minors."

Beware: "Anyone caught committing a violation or a crime during Halloween whether a juvenile or an adult will be brought into the precinct. All reports and summonses will be prepared in the precinct and each person will be check for any outstanding warrants. Reports will be filled out on juveniles and parents will be called to the precincts to pick up their children."

Have fun! Enjoy! And remember, respect the property of others.

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