V.I. Police Department Commissioner Henry White Jr. last week asked the community to be safe as some residents observe Halloween.
“Unfortunately, some people use this observance as an excuse or cover for criminal behavior,” White said. “Unlawful activities will not be tolerated and anyone observed pulling Halloween pranks will be prosecuted.”
In past years students have thrown objects at school buses or other vehicles during the Halloween season, explained the commissioner, who sent a strong message to the youth and their parents.
“Throwing any object, eggs or rocks, at a moving vehicle, is classified as reckless endangerment which is a serious crime,” said White. “This is not a harmless prank, it can cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle and cause a fatal accident.”
Parents are reminded there is a 10 p.m. curfew for minors under 16. Minors violating the curfew will be taken into custody by VIPD and held until he or she is released to the parent or legal guardian.
White also issued a warning to adults and teenagers celebrating Halloween by wearing masks that conceal their faces that they may be stopped by police and asked for identification.
“It’s not an offence to wear a mask, however some people will use masks as a cover for their criminal behavior,” White said. “If you are wearing a mask at a costume party, please take it off when you are on the public streets.”
No one should supplement a Halloween costume with any type of toy weapon, including guns and knives, White added.
“Carrying replica weapons is risky behavior, these items can be easily confused for the real thing,” said the VIPD Commissioner. “There is a real possibility that anyone carrying toy or replica weapons can be seriously hurt because of it.”
Anyone wishing to report suspicious behavior during Halloween or at any other time can call the emergency dispatch number, 911.
White wished everyone a happy and safe Halloween.