Halloween Safety Getting Into Gear for Tomorrow 10/30/13
CBS 7 News
After speaking with cities across the basin today, CBS 7 learned that many smaller towns are stepping up patrol, but the biggest cities are planning to use the same tactics that have proven successful in the past.
The Odessa police department says they will be patrolling as they usually do and don't necessarily have plans to add any extra officers.
Officer Steven LeSueur says the department urges citizens in the area to call the police and file a report if they see something suspicious in their neighborhood. A number of events are planned for both Midland and Odessa. In Odessa, "Mall-O-Ween" will be from 6pm to 9pm for some safe trick or treating in the Music City Mall.
Over to midland, Sara Higgins with the Midland police department says, like Odessa, they'll be keeping the same amount of officers on patrol, but will be working extra hard for the busy day. The Midland Park Mall will be hosting their Halloween from 6-8 with crafts, games and photos.
In Andrews, they will have their “safe spots” in full effect like they've done for years. This year, Sheriff Bud Jones says trunk or treat will be in the Ace Arena in town where there will be an EMS, police, and fire presence.
In Stanton, Sheriff John Woodward says they’ll have an extra person on patrol, not to mention they’ll have their spooky trick or treat at the historical jail in town at 6pm. In addition to the jail, City Manager, Michael Adams, says the high school will be having a Trunk or Treat at 5:30pm during the JV basketball game.
Over in Pecos, they’ll be having their annual Mother Goose Parade beginning at 5:30pm according to the chamber. They say there will be police escorts before the parade and after.
Monahans will be having their typical door to door trick or treating, but Mayor David Cutbirth says they’ll be putting as many personnel as possible to make sure the area is safe for their kids.
Alpine will have an extra four officers paroling the area to make sure the house to house trick or treating stays safe, says Arron Villanueva with the police department.
Presidio, Rankin, Garden City, Seminole, Mentone, Fort Davis and Kermit might not have extra security, but sheriff departments say they’ll be extra vigilant. Kermit will be having a Halloween Parade sponsored by the Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce starting at 5:30pm. Fort Davis will also be celebrating by parking cars in town by the courthouse to be decorated.
Many of the surrounding areas, including Big Spring, Crane, Big Lake, Sanderson, and Fort Stockton celebrated their Halloween on Saturday.