Saturday, 31 October 2009

North Wales Police's safe Halloween tips

Youngsters who enjoy going trick or treating should remember that not everyone enjoys Halloween in quite the same way.

North Wales Police are encouraging youngsters to be mindful of others, as officers will be patrolling the streets and clamping down on any incidents of anti – social behaviour.

Shopkeepers are also being encouraged not to sell flour and eggs to children in the days running up to October 31.

Halloween can be a frightening time of year for some of the more vulnerable members of our community – especially the elderly. With this in mind, the police are asking youngsters and their parents to show consideration to others.

Posters – one welcoming Trick or Treaters and the other asking callers to move on – have been distributed to vulnerable residents by the Neighbourhood Policing Teams across the force area.

"Although lots of people enjoy this time of year, unexpected knocks at the door throughout the evening can cause some people distress." said Acting Chief Constable Ian Shannon.

"By placing a sign in the window people will know that particular resident’s preference. Hopefully this will be respected and those who would rather keep their doors closed on Halloween night will not be disturbed."

"We wish for everyone to have a happy Halloween, but would like to remind people to have fun responsibly rather than disturbing others."

Top Tips for Trick-or-Treaters:

• Young children should always go trick or treating with an appropriate adult

• Plan your route and let people know where you are

• Do not take short cuts

• Make sure you stay in areas that are well lit with street lamps, and take a torch with you

• Never go into a stranger’s house

• Do not knock on doors where a ‘No Trick or Treat’ sign is visible

• Don’t talk to strangers on the street

• Be careful not to frighten vulnerable people, especially the elderly

• Ensure you are always visible; it may be a good idea to wear reflective tape on your costume

• Look carefully before crossing the road

• Remember that throwing eggs and flour at property is classed as criminal damage - and the police will deal with all incidents of anti-social behaviour accordingly

• And finally… polite on Halloween night


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