Stay Safe This Halloween

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For many Halloween (Sunday 31 October) is a chance to get out, visit old haunts and have a spooktacular time.

But let's get to the bones of it. We appreciate, that in recent years there’s not been the opportunity to enjoy Halloween, so we understand that some of you will be witching to get out there.

But if you are planning on celebrating Halloween this year, we would encourage you to do so safely, whilst respecting that not everyone in our community will be taking part.

If you or someone you know is ‘trick or treating’ this Halloween, follow these six simple top tips:

• Children should always be accompanied by an adult when trick or treating
• You should only go to houses of people that you know and who are happy for you to call
• Stay safe, keep to places that you know and are well lit. Do not take short cuts through gardens, alleyways or parks
• Watch out for traffic
• If you're wearing a halloween mask, make sure that you can see where you are going and are aware of your surroundings
• Carry a torch and a fully charged mobile phone (if you have one).

Superintendent Liz Coles said: “We hope that those celebrating Halloween or out ‘trick or treating’ have a fun and safe evening, but I would encourage everyone to take care when out.
“Halloween is an enjoyable evening for some, however for others particularly elderly and vulnerable residents, and those living on their own it can be distressing or frightening time.
“It doesn’t matter if it is Halloween or any other day there is no excuse for making people feel scared or frightened, or damaging other people’s property.

“If you are out ‘trick or treating’ this Halloween please consider carefully which doors you knock on.

“As with previous years those happy to take part usually decorate their homes, and if the lights are off or there is a ‘no thanks’ posters up, please be respectful.

If you're at home and at any point you do feel nervous or unsafe:

• Don’t open your door if you’re unsure who is there. Use your spy-hole, look out of a window and use your door chain if you do decide to open your door
• Have a contact number of a close relative or good neighbour 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. If you are a coordinator, please identify people in your scheme that may be vulnerable and offer them reassurance.

Superintendent Coles added: “Parents and carers have an important role to play to help keep children and young people safe during the Halloween period. Please have conversations with your children to help them understand that Halloween is not celebrated by everyone, whilst encouraging them to act responsibly.

“I would also ask local shops and supermarkets to consider the sale of eggs and flour to children and young people in the lead up to Halloween. It may just be a bit of fun and make a mess, but it can be damaging to vehicles and property and cause real distress.

“During the Halloween period, our Community Policing Teams across the County will be carrying out additional patrols targeting those involved in anti-social behaviour."

If you don’t want trick or treaters at your door this Halloween, ‘No trick or treat’ posters are available for you to download and display. The poster can be displayed in your home, or homes of any neighbours or relatives. It should be displayed in a prominent position either on the front door or front window. You can download the poster from the Wiltshire Police website tracking gif

Message Sent By
Simone Matthews (Police, Communications Officer, Wiltshire)