MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Chief of Police, Robert Oches, is requesting the cooperation of businesses and residents in the Township of Middletown to leave lights on during the Halloween period, which will be on October 30th and October 31st.

Although we will have the usual sufficient coverage as in previous years, the Chief suggests outside lights being left on these two evenings as a deterrent to vandalism. He would also ask residents to get in the habit of putting on their outside lights all year round. A 60 watt bulb costs only pennies a day. It deters not only vandals, but other crime as well.

Trick or Treating is limited to October 31st and the Chief requests parents to accompany the younger children and recommends terminating at 7:00pm for this age group. As a precaution, please stress the refusal of unwrapped candy and examine fruit before eating. Also, children should wear light colored clothing or reflective clothing when dusk sets in. Several toy manufacturers now make flashlights just for Halloween, which help as well.

Anyone involved in criminal mischief will be promptly arrested and parents will be held responsible for any damage done by their children.

Please know where your children are. An 8:00pm curfew will be in effect. Cooperate with your police and volunteer organizations on the nights of October 30th and 31st. By working together we can continue to keep Middletown a safe community. We hope to keep this a safe Halloween; as we have succeeded in doing over the past years. My thanks to everyone in the Township for their continued support and cooperation. 

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