POLICE are offering Halloween haters a chance to opt out of tricks and treats this year by downloading a poster from their website.
Residents are being encouraged to display posters in their front windows if they do not want to take part in Halloween this year
The ‘no trick or treat’ signs are a simple but effective way to help prevent the distress that unexpected callers can cause for vulnerable members of the community, say officers.
They also ensure those who want to take part can enjoy all the tricks and treats they like.
The initiative forms part of Buckinghamshire Community Safety Partnership’s commitment to tackling anti-social behaviour and the posters can be downloaded from the Thames Valley Police website at: http://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/crprev-home-hols-halloween
Chief Inspector Colin Seaton,said: “There will be additional officers across the area to make sure people who are trick or treating are doing so in a friendly manner and not causing a nuisance.
“I know for some people this time of year can be a bother as your evenings are interrupted with people knocking on your doors for treats. Please be reassured that most of these children or teenagers are just getting involved in the Halloween celebrations and will be friendly.
“If however, at any point if you feel unsafe, please feel free to contact the police and if you’re taking part in trick or treating, please do so respectfully and look out for the posters.”
Anyone affected by anti-social behaviour can report it by calling 101, the 24-hour Thames Valley Police non-emergency number. In an emergency, or if a crime is in progress, call 999.