“Keep it fun!” That’s the message from Sussex Police to those planning to celebrate Hallowe’en on Thursday night (October 31).
Over the Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night period there is often a rise in reports of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage and Sussex Police are reminding everyone to stay safe, have fun and celebrate considerately.
Those who live alone or are vulnerable can often feel intimidated or frightened by unexpected callers knocking at their door or fireworks going off late into the night.
Inspector Martin Pattenden said, “We want everyone to be able to enjoy the numerous Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night celebrations, but for some, especially those who live alone such as the elderly and the vulnerable, it can be a distressing time.
“Many of the reports we receive are about children and young people who are seen to be causing a nuisance. Sometimes, what they intend to be just a bit of fun can upset others, endanger people or damage property.
“We ask that parents or guardians make sure that young children are supervised while ‘trick or treating’ and that notices displayed in homes of people stating they do not wish to take part are respected. If you have teenage children or who are planning to trick or treat, please ensure that you know where they are going, what time they will be home and remind them to stay with their friends.”
Hallowe’en posters, welcoming trick or treaters or asking them not to call, are available from www.sussex.police.uk/help-centre/ask-us/seasonal-advice/im-worried-about-trick-or-treaters-at-halloween-what-can-i-do.
Local neighbourhood policing teams will be working alongside fire and rescue services, local authorities and youth services across the county to ensure that disruption to local residents is minimal.
Planned activities include increased patrols within anti-social behaviour hot spots and test purchases of age restricted products.