Thames Valley Police will be stepping up patrols this weekend to make sure residents don’t get spooked this Halloween.
Neighbourhood teams will be ensuring that children who go trick-or-treating do so safely, and that teenagers intent on behaving anti-socially are prevented from doing so.
School children were shown a film last week in assemblies highlighting the consequences of anti-social behaviour. The film features a teenager who was convicted of arson after he and his friend put a firework through the letterbox of a family home as a prank in 2008. The prank went horribly wrong when the firework set the house on fire, causing damage to the house. Luckily nobody was seriously injured.
Chief Superintendent, David Lewis, Head of Neighbourhood Policing and Partnerships, said: “I know for some people, this time of year can be unsettling as your evenings are interrupted with people knocking on your doors asking for treats.
“Most of these children or teenagers are just getting involved in the Halloween celebrations and will be friendly.
“Neighbourhood teams will be patrolling over the weekend to ensure everybody behaves themselves and that people intent on causing trouble don’t spoil the fun for everyone else.”
At any point if you feel unsafe:
•Don’t open your door if you’re unsure who is there. Use your spy-hole or 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 at hand 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 identity people in your scheme that may be vulnerable and offer them reassurance.
Thames Valley Police will not tolerate any anti-social behaviour at any time of the year.
To report anti-social behaviour contact the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number on 0845 8 505 505. In an emergency dial 999.
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