Every year around this time Hampshire Constabulary receives an increase in calls in relation to fireworks and from people who have been frightened or disturbed by trick or treaters. Unfortunately, accidents involving fireworks sometimes occur, which occasionally leaves people with serious injuries.
Police have issued advice to children and their parents to be mindful that some of the more vulnerable or elderly members of the community who do not wish to participate in Halloween activities and in fact may feel intimidated by groups of people calling at their doors.
Children and Parents;
• If your child is going outside in a costume, make sure they are wearing reflective clothing or add reflective tape to their clothes.
• Carry a torch and consider road safety at all times.
• If your child is going out trick or treating, make sure they go out in a group, preferably accompanied by an adult.
• Older children should let you know where they are going and what time they will be back.
• Children should carry a mobile phone in a pocket or bag.
• Make sure your children know not to enter anyone’s house or to accept lifts from strangers.
• Not everyone appreciates trick or treaters turning up at their door – look out for the ‘No tricker or treaters poster’ displayed in windows.
• Be respectful to others property if they don’t answer the door or offer a treat. Playing trick could get you into trouble and may amount to a criminal offence.
Advice for elderly and vulnerable people;
• If you do not know who is calling at your house, you do not need to open the door.
• Try to see who is at the door by looking through a spy hole or window before opening the door.
• If you have a chain on your door – keep this in place when opening the door.
• If you feel threatened in your home, contact the police.
A poster has been created to tell those trick or treating that you do not wish to be disturbed. You can download the poster here.