Police prepare for Halloween hijinks in Sooke

A rainy forecast for Halloween could curtail some of the problems the occasion can bring

  • Thu Oct 27th, 2016 7:00pm
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A rainy forecast for Halloween on Monday (Oct. 31) could curtail some of the problems the occasion can bring, but Sooke RCMP will still be prepared for a big caseload.

“Our members will be out for the safety of the trick or treaters,” said Staff Sgt. Jeff McArthur, noting there will be extra patrols and officers keeping a sharp eye on the streets.

In past Halloween nights, there has been mischief, and fireworks are always seized.

Only those holding a permit are allowed to fire fireworks.

Fireworks restrictions began to gain traction several years ago in response to complaints and fireworks-related injuries.

“We hope people will use fireworks appropriately,” said assistant fire chief Matt Barney.

“It’s the people walking around in the community and start firing them off randomly that’s a concern.”

Sooke Fire Rescue has responded to few calls on Halloween night over the last several years, Barney said, and he doesn’t see that changing this year.