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Police put out safety appeal for Halloween
POLICE are putting on more patrols tonight, October 31, as Halloween revellers hit the streets.
Bridport section Insp Mike Darby said the public needed to remember to enjoy Halloween festivities safely and respect others.
Enhanced patrols will be carried out by officers this evening, as well as at the weekend in the run-up to bonfire night, in a bid to curb anti-social behaviour.
For the second year running anti-social behaviour has continued to fall significantly in Dorset and the force wants to keep it that way. Between April 1 and September 30 there were 18,311 incidents of anti-social behaviour in Dorset.
This figure dropped by 6.7 per cent to 17,088 over the same period of 2013 – a reduction of 1,227 incidents of anti-social behaviour.
To ensure these figures remain low during the Halloween period the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) is leading an ‘In Focus’ anti-social behaviour campaign.
The campaign is running for five days until November 1 with the aim of highlighting the realities of dealing with anti-social behaviour for communities, businesses and the police.
The public can keep up with the campaign on the Police Twitter account @DorsetPolice.
Chief Superintendent Jane Newall said: “We appreciate that people want to go out and enjoy the Halloween festivities and go trick or treating, but it is important to respect the views of others who do not want to participate. If homes are displaying ‘No trick or treating’ signs, then please politely move on.
“Anti-social behaviour continues to reduce in Dorset and during this time we will have extra patrols in communities to ensure that we continue to take appropriate action against anyone found to be committing crime or anti-social behaviour.”
Safer Neighbourhood Teams across Dorset have been handing out Halloween posters encouraging the public to ‘Have fun on Halloween but please have respect for others’.
PCSO Pete Smith has been distributing posters and leaflets in shops and supermarkets and so many have been handed out he’s had to reprint them.
He has also been going into schools to get them to spread the safety awareness message.
He said: “I have asked schools to make the children aware in assemblies as well.
“We don’t as a rule have any trouble and we’d like to keep it that way.”
The notice available to residents is for them to display during Halloween asking trick or treaters not to call at that property.
A further poster has been created for shops to display informing customers that they will not be selling eggs, flour or fireworks to anyone under the age of 18 during the Halloween and bonfire night period.
FRIGHT NIGHT DO'S and DON'TS
- Trick or treaters should always have adult supervision
- Only call on friends, family or neighbours – and ideally this should be arranged in advance
- Respect the rights of those who do not want to take part
- Do not accept money and be grateful for any treats
- Do not play tricks on people – these can be frightening and could even be a criminal offence
- Criminal damage – which includes vandalism and throwing objects like eggs and flour – can result in a fine or even a prison sentence