Technology Can Help for Safe Trick-or-Treating

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

RENO NV - Over the years, Halloween observance has evolved into a light-hearted celebration associated with candy and mostly harmless pranks.

With an estimated 41 million* trick-or-treaters set to roam the streets, including thousands throughout the Reno area, it is important to have fun and stay safe. Use of technology and common sense can help families escape getting spooked!

Wireless calling is routinely up on Halloween and families can enjoy apps, videos and features to have fun with, while staying connected with calling, locator services and text messaging.

In 2010, AT&T saw 647 billion text messages sent across the AT&T’s network. The 2011 projection is 854 billion, nearly twice as many as two years ago. AT&T has compiled a LIST OF SAFETY TIPS for families to keep in mind before kids hit the streets in search of goodies.

1. Go mobile and ensure accessibility: Make sure wireless phones are fully charged. Since costumes and carrying bags of candy can become cumbersome, consider using a belt clip or other accessory that keeps the phone within easy reach.

2. Secure the line of communication: Pre-program contact information of parents, neighbors and emergency services into your and your child’s speed dial, and be sure you know how to access these numbers with ease.

3. Establish boundaries: Families should have in place a familiarized route for children to follow while out on the town. Mobile navigation tools can assist parents and kids in creating routes, and goblins on the go can reference maps throughout the evening. Similarly, AT&T’s FamilyMap Viewer allows parents to easily and immediately locate a family member's whereabouts from their mobile device or PC so they can keep a close watch.

4. Be in touch: Set up periodic alarms with Halloween-themed tones as a reminder for trick-or-treaters to text or call home between candy collecting stops.

5. Don’t miss a thing: Phones also come with photo, video and audio recorders, allowing spur-of-the-moment happenings to be captured and shared among friends and family in real time. AT&T’s Video Share allows you to see live video on your handset while a voice call is taking place.

6. Drive safely: With pedestrians filling streets and sidewalks, it is more important than ever for drivers to stay alert behind the wheel. If a call needs to be made or a message checked, pull over. Don’t text and drive. Check out AT&T DriveMode mobile application – it automatically sends a customizable reply to incoming texts – notifying the sender that the user is driving and unable to respond.

Some apps to consider:

Offender Locator

Offender Locator app for Android

On Monday, October 31st from 8 a.m. - midnight, the Sheriff's Court Security Officer Screening and X-ray Station at the main entrance of theDistrict Courthouse, located at 75 Court Street will be available for x-raying Halloween candy. This is a free public service.

The x-ray machine will detect metal objects only. If you believe candy has been tampered with by other means, dispose of the candy immediately.

On Tuesday, November 1st from 8 a.m. - midnight, people can bring their Halloween candy to the Sheriff's Court Security Officer Screening and X-ray Station during regular business hours free of charge.

The Sheriff's Office encourages anyone interested in getting their candy checked prior to handing it out will receive this service free as well.

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