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Have a safe as well as fun Halloween
2:00pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Local
RESIDENTS are being urged to make sure they have a safe as well as fun Halloween.
Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police have launched a campaign – in support of the Association of Chief Police Officers In Focus anti-social behaviour initiative - aiming to deter unwelcome callers.
Both police forces are committed to tackling anti social behaviour and recognise that while Halloween can be fun for some it is dreaded by others.
Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be handing out leaflets for residents with advice on how to deal with unexpected callers.
They will also be available at police stations and to download from both force websites.
Posters have also been produced with advice aimed at youngsters so that if they do want to go out they do so without causing stress to householders.
Inspector Wayne Cooke, leading this year’s Halloween safety campaign, said: “You have the right to say no to trick or treaters and if you do decide to open the door, never give money as a treat.
“Don’t forget the basics: always use your door chain and don’t let anyone into your house unless you’re happy with their identity.”
He added: “We would like to remind youngsters that repeatedly ringing doorbells or throwing objects at people and houses are all criminal offences which carry a punishment if caught by police.”
Bill Longmore, West Mercia’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “While I know many people enjoy taking part in the festivities surrounding Halloween, there will also be members of the public who would prefer not to be disturbed.
“It is important to respect their views and if homes are displaying no trick or treating signs, then politely move on.”
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