Police warning issued ahead of Halloween

PUBLISHED: 12:44 28 October 2017

Police want people to enjoy Halloween but not cause problems within their communities.

Police want people to enjoy Halloween but not cause problems within their communities.

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People are being encouraged to look out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours this Halloween.

Police Halloween guide...

Trick or treaters:

* Stay in a group.

* Make sure a responsible adult or guardian goes with you.

* Plan your route before you leave the house and make sure someone knows where you are going.

* Carry a torch and wear reflective clothing.

* Never enter a stranger’s home.

* Respect others’ property and don’t call on homes that have the ‘sorry no trick or treat’ poster.

Parents

* Supervise younger children.

* Remind teenagers to respect others’ property.

** Encourage children to call only on their friends.

* Make sure you know where they’re going, who with and when they’ll be back.

Shopkeepers

* Don’t sell eggs and flour to young people and remember selling fireworks to under-18s is an offence.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary is asking people to look out for one another and for revellers to be thoughtful and not intimidate people during the festival.

Inspector Lee Moore said: “We encourage people to help build stronger, friendlier and safer communities this season.

“Elderly and vulnerable neighbours are at a higher risk of becoming victims of crime if they feel isolated or alone, but simply saying ‘hello’ can make all the difference and help keep people safe this season.

“Why not make contact this weekend to check they’re OK and offer to print and display a ‘no trick or treaters’ poster in their window?”

The police have created a poster to warn people they do not wish to receive trick or treaters this Halloween and they are asking the public to be respectful of them.

Despite encouraging communities to stick together to provide support during this busy period, the police will be patrolling as usual and ready to take emergency and non-emergency calls.

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The Halloween weekend is always one of the force’s busiest.

Call centre manager Becky Tipper said; “We encourage people who feel genuinely threatened to call us on 999.

“But Halloween can be a busy evening for our call-handlers, so if a crime isn’t in progress and no-one is in immediate danger, please think twice about calling us – someone with a genuine emergency might be waiting to get through.

“If it isn’t an emergency, you can report it on our website.

“We will always prioritise earthly crimes over supernatural ones, as we are sure to get some of these calls too.”

* To download a poster, visit the police website.

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