Vancouver police prepare for busy Halloween weekend

If you are heading downtown to party, the police ask you to leave the fake guns at home or to make sure they are easily identifiable as knockoffs.

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Vancouver police are gearing up for a busy Halloween weekend as the sun rises and vaccinated people are eager to get the festivities back to life.

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Police said Friday they are deploying additional officers across the city this weekend, which is expected to be one of the busiest of the year.

“We look forward to more 911 calls and we will have more police working to keep people safe and respond to the increased demand for police,” said VPD spokeswoman Const. Tania Visintin, in a statement.

“These additional officers include a team dedicated to the Granville and Gastown Entertainment District, as well as nearby schools and parks.”

Costume weaponry has been a problem for police in the past, he said, including items like plastic pistols and axes and imitation swords.

Visintin said they are encouraging people to leave fake guns at home or make sure they are easily identifiable as knockoffs.

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“Community safety is a shared responsibility. Motorists, bicyclists and parents are reminded to be extra cautious on Halloween, as children will be out and about that night, ”adds Constable Visintin.

Vancouver Police have provided the following tips for safe trick-or-treating:

  • Use reflective tape, glow sticks, or flashlights to improve visibility
  • Young children must be accompanied by an adult when trick or treating.
  • Stay in well-lit areas and only go to houses that have lights on.
  • As a reminder, the police request that all non-emergency calls be directed to 604-717-3321. For emergencies call 911.

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