Law enforcement out in greater force for safe Halloween

Law enforcement out in greater force for safe Halloween

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Trick-a-treaters across Charleston County were under a watchful eye Thursday night as the sheriff's office had more deputies out patrolling neighborhoods.

"I've been doing this for 23 years and we've never really had a problem on Halloween trick or treating," says Lieutenant Ron Maugans.

We stopped by the west district substation on James Island just as deputies headed out. Lieutenant Maugans says their presence usually keeps teenagers and adults from acting up.

"After you see something for so long, this is how it's supposed to be. When it's not the way it's supposed to be, it just jumps right out at you."

He says another concern is drivers speeding through neighborhoods and not paying attention to children who are roaming the streets pretty freely.

"What we're really looking for are the people who are driving through the neighborhoods. We really need to get them to slow down."

Parents say while most of their Halloweens have been safe, it's reassuring to see more law enforcement.

"This is a great night. We look forward to it all year, and the way they block off the street, so safe for the kids to go treating and all the neighborhood gets very involved. Seeing the police force walking around makes us feel even safer," explains James Island resident Elizabeth Berlinsky.