• Choose costumes in light colors or add reflective tape.

  Check that costumes are flame-retardant and not so long as to pose a tripping hazard.

  Travel in pairs or groups and stay together.

• Walk on the sidewalk or on the left side of the road facing traffic.

• Stop, look and listen at corners.

• Plan a safe route; stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.

• Carry a flashlight or glow stick.

• Carry a cell phone if trick-or-treating without an adult.

• Be respectful of other people and their property.

Trick-or-Treaters SHOULD NOT

• Go inside a stranger’s house or get into a stranger’s car.

• Run across yards or streets.

• Venture down dark, empty streets.

• Approach dark, unlighted houses.

• Go between parked cars or crisscross back and forth across streets.

Parents with younger children

• Plan to trick-or-treat while it’s still light out.

• Walk children to each house and wait in the driveway for them. Make sure young children are accompanied.


   Children should save all their candy until they get home and have it checked by an adult.

• Feed children a meal or substantial snack before trick or treating so they are less tempted to eat the candy.

• Inspect all treats upon returning home. Throw away any unwrapped, open, or suspicious looking goodies.

• If a child becomes suddenly ill, immediately call a doctor or dial 911. Try to determine what the child has eaten and where it came from. Save all wrappers.

At home

•Turn the lights on and replace any burned-out bulbs at the walkway and front door.

• Remember, jack-o-lanterns and any other candles or electrical decorations can be a fire hazard. Keep them out of the reach of small children and away from flammable materials.

• Dogs and cats should remain in your residence during the time kids are out trick-or-treating.

The Sheriff’s Office also recommends mapping out a trick-or-treating route and check it against the New York State Sex

Offender Registry at www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/nsor.


Rensselaer County Jail
Now Offers Remote Video Visitation

Inmates now have the option to use a new remote video visitation system to speak with family, friends or professionals via the internet. Remote video visitation eliminates time and stress associated with travel to and from the correctional facility by reserving a visit on-line.

Reservations must be paid either by credit card or prepaid money card. Cost is $9.00 per 20 minute visit. 

Scheduling and paying for a video visit using the internet is extremely simple and user-friendly with e-mail confirmations of visit times and charges.

To enroll today and learn more about the system and to request a Reservation Code go to webvisit.rensco.com



Sheriff Jack Mahar

On behalf of the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website. This website has been designed to provide a comprehensive guide to our agency’s many services and responsibilities performed here. Our mission is to provide our citizens with one of the best law enforcement offices in New York State. We will continue to update and make changes to this site in an effort to better keep the residents in our county informed.

We invite you to explore our site and learn more about us.
We hope you find the information useful and informative,

Thank you for visiting! Jack Mahar
Sheriff Jack Mahar
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