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Police issue trick or treat warning

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Police issue trick or treat warning

Published by Josh Kerr at 4:14pm 31st October 2018.

Police in Surrey and Hampshire have issued advice warning trick-or-treaters to consider elderly and vulnerable people.

As children and teenagers in our area prepare to head out for Halloween later, officers have also said the celebration is no excuse for anti-social behaviour.

Hampshire Constabulary said:

"Every year Hampshire Constabulary receives calls from dozens of people who have been frightened by trick-or-treaters. It might seem like innocent fun, but it can be terrifying for elderly or vulnerable people.

"If you have teenagers make sure they don't have access to fireworks, alcohol, eggs or flour."

Surrey Police said:

"It is important not to have fun at the expense of others. If you see someone displaying a no trick or treat poster, please do not call at those homes as people do not wish to be disturbed.

"Residents are advised to continue to be vigilant when opening the door to strangers or unexpected callers.

"We advise an 'if in doubt, keep them out' mentality. Don’t open your door if you’re unsure who is there. Use your spyhole or look out of a window - and report any persistent, unwanted callers to the police."

Police advice for staying safe on Halloween

For Trick-or-Treaters

  • Young children should always be accompanied by an adult. Older children should make sure an adult knows the area they plan to visit and what time they’ll be back.
  • Stay in well-lit areas where there are plenty of houses.
  • Keep to pavements and cross roads carefully.
  • Consider calling only at houses where you know the occupants, rather than strangers. 
  • Explain how vulnerable people can be frightened by an unexpected group calling at their door on a dark evening.
  • Respect the privacy and wishes of people who do not want to take part in trick or treat – observe the  'No Trick or Treaters please' posters people may display in doors or windows.

For residents

  • If you are prepared to receive Trick or Treaters, switch on your outside light and remove any trip hazards.
  • If you set lanterns outside your front door with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that costumes won't accidentally be set on fire.
  • If you are driving on the evening of the 31, remember that excited children may be crossing the road unexpectedly, so slow down in residential areas and take extra care.
  • If you feel unsafe have a contact number of a close relative or good neighbour to hand by your telephone, just in case you need to phone them.
  • If you are part of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, let your coordinator know that you will be on your own at Halloween.

Surrey Police have released posters for people to display in their front windows to say if spooky visitors are welcome or notHampshire Constabulary have also produced a no trick or treating poster.

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