Halloween can be a scary time for people who don’t like surprises or callers at the door.
Here is our advice for elderly or vulnerable residents:
- Place the ‘no trick or treats’ card on your door or in your window to help deter trick or treaters (click below to download your own copy)
- Try to arrange to visit a friend/relative or invite someone to sit with you
- If you do receive an unexpected caller at the door don’t feel pressured to answer it
- If you are expecting a caller always ask for ID
- If you have a door chain make sure it is securely fastened at all times and be sure to use your spy hole viewer if you have one
You can also download the Halloween window card above.
Parents and children should follow these simple rules to make sure they have a safe and considerate Halloween:
- Young children should ONLY go trick-or-treating with an adult
- Never trick-or-treat alone. Have at least two friends go with you
- Plan your route and make sure your family knows what it is
- Be very cautious of strangers - accept treats in the doorway but never go inside a house
- Walk on the pavements and cross the roads carefully using pedestrian and zebra crossings where possible
- Don't frighten elderly people - always be considerate
- Go safely home before it turns too dark and late
- Don't call at houses with 'sorry, no trick or treat' cards in the window
How the police work with you to tackle anti-social behaviour
- Questions about anti-social behaviour but don’t want to call us? Type your issue in on the search bar on the homepage to find out what to do in various situations - from teenagers with fireworks to noise nuisance and more. You will find answers here.
- You can report anti-social behaviour on our website live chat between 8am-midnight. Alternatively you can speak directly to officers at community meetings or at your local police station.
- Information we receive from the community helps us identify common issues, hotspot locations, repeat offenders and patterns of behaviour
- Keep a diary of incidents of anti-social behaviour. This gives us a history of events and can be used as part of the evidence gathering process
- A range of measures are available to us from warning letters and structured parenting orders, to imposing fines and making arrests
- We work closely with partner agencies, such as local councils, housing providers and schools, to tackle issues jointly, giving us greater powers to improve people’s lives
- It often takes a great deal of courage to call for help and we will ensure that we identify every opportunity to protect victims
If you want to find out more about to how to report rowdy behaviour, please visit our dedicated advice page. If you feel that there is a threat to life, please call 999.