Boo! Halloween is just around the corner and as things get a bit spookier around Metro Vancouver, Transit Police wants to share a few tips on how to make sure you have a safe night out. Here are a few things to keep in mind this All Hallows Eve:
1) Take extra care when choosing a Halloween costume. Ask yourself, could this prop be easily mistaken for the real thing? If so, how might it put your safety at risk if the police are called? If in doubt, leave it at home.
2) Remember, consumption of liquor in public is illegal. This includes at SkyTrain stations and on-board buses, SkyTrain, and SeaBus, If you are carrying liquor on transit, ensure it remains closed until you arrive at your private destination.
3) See something? Say something. There are three easy ways to report non-emergency police issues discreetly to Transit Police: text 87-77-77, use the OnDuty App or call 604-515-8300. In an emergency always call 911.
4) Stay alert to your surroundings while on public transit. Keep valuables out of sight from others. Avoid being distracted by your electronic device.
5) Plan ahead for a safe ride home. Make note of key times such as the last trip of the night!
6) If travelling in a group, establish a meeting place just in case you are separated.
7) Be visible. Wear bright costumes or include reflective tape, glow sticks, or other articles that improve visibility.
8) Use face paint or make‐up instead of a mask. If you must wear a mask, enlarge the eyes for better vision and push it back off your face when you are walking in and around train stations and in busy pedestrian areas.
Author: Laura Tennant