Tampa Police Brace for Halloween Night Amid Fear After 3 Mysterious Murders

Mayor Bob Buckhorn, center right, addresses members of the Tampa Police Department while Interim Police Chief Brian Dugan, right, looks on during a roll call and press conference in the Seminole Heights neighborhood in Tampa, Fla., Oct. 25, 2017.
(Gabriella Angotti-Jones/Tampa Bay Times/AP)

Police are on high alert with special safety precautions for trick-or-treating children and their families because of this month’s three still-unsolved homicides in a Tampa, Florida, neighborhood.

Interim Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan and Mayor Bob Buckhorn have responded to residents’ heightened fears, saying police will have a significantly increased presence throughout the area on Halloween night and that both of them will join trick-or-treaters in the community.

Since the killings, from Oct. 9 to 19, Dugan has advised residents of the Seminole Heights area not to walk alone, especially after sunset.

Dugan and Mayor Buckhorn will start the evening at about 5:30 p.m. with a community roll call at Giddens Park, where they will hand out candy and greet community members. They will be joined by several Tampa police officers, including officers on horseback, as well as Florida Highway Patrol troopers.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Kelly McCarthy