Wiltshire Police want treats not tricks this Halloween

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By nhavergal | Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 12:15

Wiltshire Police have released a campaign to keep Halloween safe and fun for all this year. 

Halloween is the time of year where children dress up in scary costumes and ask for treats from neighbours and Wiltshire Police want to remind residents to be respectful and safe.

Posters have been issued for people to put in their windows if they wish to not have 'trick or treaters' coming to their door. 

Superintendant Matt Pullen, Head of Local Policing South said: "We understand that Halloween is an exciting tradition for young people and we're not trying to spoil their fun."

Wiltshire Police are working with the Neighbourhood Policing Teams to help tackle anti-social behaviour in some parts of the county. 

"We want to continue the downward trend in anti-social behaviour at this time of year and by following some simple advice young people can minimise any distress they cause and reduce the likelihood of them being drawn into anti-social activities," Superintendant Matt Pullen added. 

How to keep safe this Halloween

Here are a few tips to keep the Halloween tradition alive and safe: 

•    Only knock on doors where you know the occupants.

•    If a house has a poster stating they don't want 'trick or treaters' please respect their wish.

•    All children must be accompanied by an adult.

•    Carry a lantern or torch to find your way around the neighbourhood.

•    Avoid elderly people has scary costumes may cause distress.

•    When crossing the roads be sure it is safe and clear and remove your Halloween mask to cross.

For more information about staying safe this Halloween, visit the Wiltshire Police website here.



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