With Halloween festivities and trick-or-treating across Kanawha County happening this week, local law enforcement is stepping up patrols.
While some police chiefs said they don't have many issues with vandalism or Halloween mischief, they do want to keep trick-or-treaters and their parents safe.
In South Charleston, Police Chief Brad Rinehart said the department would have extra patrols -- particularly during the city's trick-or-treat hours on Thursday.
"We usually do (have extra patrols) -- not so much for vandalism, but for safety," he said. "We've never really had any vandalism."
Rinehart said the department would particularly target residential areas with a high number of trick-or-treaters, like the East Hills and the Rock Lake subdivision, for example.
Across the Kanawha River in Dunbar, Police Chief Earl Whittington said his department would have extra patrols as well.
Police in Nitro, though, have more than just trick-or-treating to deal with Thursday evening - the walk across for the new Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge is that night as well. Chief Brian Oxley said the city's police department would have a handle on both events.
"We usually always have double the manpower for trick-or-treat night," he said. We stay on top of things."