CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- According to the Caruthersville Chief of Police, Tony Jones, the city is encouraging the citizens of Caruthersville to come to the Public Safety Building for a new alternative, being called "Trick or Trunk". This is an attempt to make the community a safer environment for the children and the community members.
The reasoning behind the idea is due to a safety concern. Children have been reported to have ran in the roadway, barely escaping the path of a vehicle.
Jones explained, "I know some of the community will say they are with their kids during this time and it won't happen to them. We understand that, and applaud those of you that take the time to be with your children. However, there are often times when children are allowed to go out unattended to trick or treat." Jones continued to explain that children become so consumed with the fun of trick or treating, that they lose focus on traffic and dangerous situations.
Chief Jones also spoke of the dangers of sexual offenders, saying "although there are laws that prohibit them from participating and even give them directions on what they are and are not to do, a lot of times this isn't the case. Unfortunately there isn't enough manpower to place an officer on every street, and every corner to watch all of the children and because of that, we hope the change can move to eliminate some possibilities of the criminal element."
Jones also spoke of some of the elderly community members who have expressed their fear of answering the door on Halloween night due to the fear of being robbed or assaulted.
The annual Halloween Parade will now proceed past Eleventh Street down to the Caruthersville Public Safety Building. The usual events will continue to take place, however, afterwards, the members of the community will then be allowed to take part in the "Trick or Trunk."
Although the "Trick or Trunk" will be in place at the Public Safety Building, traditional "Trick or Treating" will be allowed, as long as children are supervised by a parent, guardian, or an adult. "This is not the City taking away your rights," Jones said. " Nor is it the City taking away Halloween or banning trick or treating; it is a request for community cooperation in a positive direction."
Following the Halloween Parade, children will be allowed to trick or treat or "Trick of Trunk," until 7 p.m.
Those who wish to participate in the "Trick or Trunk," are asked to contact Chief Tony Jones, or Assistant Chief Jerry Hudgens at the Caruthersville Police Department, located at 1400 Ward Street or to call the number (573) 333-0216, extension 319.