New York-based Rose Brucia Educational Foundation, an organization designed to stop child abductions, has released a list of basic stranger tips to help families before kids head out to trick-or-treat this year.
Here are the tips:
- Do not go trick-or-treating alone. Bring someone with you and use the buddy system.
- Never go to houses that are not well-lit.
- Try not to wander ahead of your group even though you are excited.
- Always have an adult check your treats before you eat them
- If a stranger does approach you, move away from them immediately – run to a trusted adult.
Islandia-based Rose Brucia Educational Foundation is the brainchild of Matthew J. Barbis, who created the organization after his 11-year-old cousin, Carlie Brucia, was abducted and murdered in Sarasota, Florida in 2004.
It also happens to be Rose Brucia Stranger Safety Awareness Week in New York.
The organization offers a free safety awareness program designed to provide stranger safety techniques to elementary-aged children. Teachers and other educators can find more information about the program on the Rose Brucia website.