October 25, 2010
police launch Halloween safety campaign
in Burnham-On-Sea have this week warned they will crackdown on
any anti-social behaviour during the Halloween weekend as they
launched a high-profile bid to ensure residents have a safe, fun
and peaceful time.
Traditionally, Halloween has been the busiest night of the year
for police but during the past two years the number of incidents
has dropped, something that police are keen to see repeated this
year in Burnham.
Officers have warned they will not tolerate anti-social behaviour
and high-visibility patrols will be carried out throughout the
of October 31st, activities have been taking place to help ensure
it is another happy Halloween.
Officers have been distributing leaflets and posters to residents
and businesses containing advice.
Residents not wishing to receive Trick or Treat callers are able
to display posters in their windows asking people not to knock
on their door.
Police teams have also been working with retailers to crack down
on the sales of flour and eggs to unaccompanied under-18s and
diversionary activities, such as local discos, have been encouraged
in the area.
Crime Reduction Officers and Schools Liaison Officers have also
been visiting schools and working with teachers to give students
advice on the use of fireworks and their personal safety when
out trick or treating.
Chief Inspector Yannis Georgiou told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Our
aim is to provide reassurance and support to make our communities
feel safe and be safe on the evening, allowing everyone to get
into the spirit of the occasion and to have a fun and safe time."
"We know for older people this time of year can be a stressful
and worrying time, but everyone will be working together to ensure
that it is a trouble-free period."
Our photo, top, shows Burnham-On-Sea police launching their
Halloween campaign outside the town's library and, above, with
children last year
advice for safe 'Trick or Treating'
Police have issued several tips for Trick or Treating to ensure
that everyone stays safe this Halloween and that more vulnerable
residents don't feel intimidated:
Always go trick or treating with other people. You will have more
fun and it will always be safer for you.
Make sure an adult knows where you will be and always stay
in that area.
Always stay on the doorstep don't go into the homes
of people you don't know.
Respect posters put up by residents, like the one shown
If you are going to do tricks make sure they are harmless.
Remember that Halloween is not an excuse to break the law and
if you commit crime or anti-social behaviour you will be dealt
with by police the same as on any other day of the year.
Parents of younger children taking part in Halloween festivities
are encouraged to accompany their children or ensure they remain
in groups and to wear reflective or bright clothing.
to download the police's Halloween 'trick or treat' window poster