Look out for neighbours over Halloween, say police

PUBLISHED: 21:02 27 October 2016

Avon and Somerset Constabulary are asking people to respect others over Halloween and Bonfire Night.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary are asking people to respect others over Halloween and Bonfire Night.

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Police are asking people to look out for elderly neighbours and those who live alone over the Halloween and Bonfire Night seasons.

The two festivals are among the busiest nights of the year for Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

Ashley Jones, chair of trustees for Avon and Somerset police’s senior citizen liaison team, said: “If you have an elderly or vulnerable neighbour, why not pop around this week to check they’re OK and offer to display a ‘no trick or treaters’ poster in their window.

“Isolation and loneliness can increase vulnerability to crime, but simply saying ‘hello’ can make all the difference and help keep people safe.

“If someone feels genuinely threatened or scared, they can call us on 999. But Halloween and Bonfire Night are two of the busiest nights of the year 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.”

Police are asking people not to set off fireworks after midnight and to respect private property.

It is also issuing posters which people can put up in their house saying no trick or treaters are welcome, which can be downloaded here.

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