law enforcement gears up for a safe Halloween
By Brittny Goodsell Jones
October 31, 2008 | LOGAN -- Fiery haystacks and homemade
bombs probably won't explode trick-or-treaters into
the Halloween weekend this year. That's because the
number of incidents that usually happen on Halloween
night in Cache Valley has gone done in the last five
years, said Chief Deputy Dave Bennett of Cache County
"There was one city in the county that had Molotov
cocktails," Bennett said. "Kids filling glass bottles
with gasoline, putting rags on top, throwing it and
having it explode. It was pretty crazy for a couple
years around the valley."
Now, there are few, if any, reports of Molotov cocktails
that happen over the holiday weekend. Bennett said he's
seen his share of pranks but is confident this year
will be calmer. Although there are still people who
smash pumpkins and mailboxes on Halloween, most people
stay out of trouble, he said.
He attributes this to residents being more aware and
careful as they go about the holiday's activities.
"The last several years it's been very sporadic,"
he said. "Once in awhile we find a hay bale on fire
in the street or some pumpkins being smashed. Other
than that, it hasn't been real crazy."
Still, rural places such as Wellsville still require
surveillance on Halloween. Bennett said Wellsville can
get hit a lot because residences are more spread out.
Also, the farming atmosphere means there is easier access
to hay bales.
Sgt. John Seamons of North Park Police Department
said his end of the valley doesn't see much action on
Halloween. Most large parties happen in Logan or at
Utah State University, he said.
The largest incident around the Hyde Park area happened
more than 15 years ago when a van was stolen by juveniles
and driven into a canal. Since then, the typical problems
the NPPD face this weekend will be smashed mailboxes
and pumpkins, Seamons said.
"That's throughout the whole city and that starts
later at night," he said. "We have already had a rash
of it with kids in cars smashing pumpkins, tearing out
mailboxes -- typical prankster stuff. That's the only
big crime issues we have."
Typically after kids end trick-or-treating, NPPD officers
patrol busier streets and head to the highway looking
for suspicious behavior from drivers.
Chief Deputy Bennett said the number of drunk drivers
is average on Halloween night -- in fact, it isn't different
than other holiday throughout the year. "It's not a
big issue," he said.
There will be more than 20 extra deputies from CCSO
out on the road Halloween night, he said. Contracts
are also set up with neighboring towns so two or three
deputies will be on hand to help out with patrolling.
One thing he cautions parents who drive their kids
around to do is to turn car headlights off while they
wait in the car for their kids. When another car comes
down the road on the opposite side, parked cars with
headlights on make it harder to see kids crossing the
"There are kids all over the streets, especially in
little towns without street lights -- they're dashing
across the street," he said. "Pay attention."