Halloween safe for everyone, urge Burnham-On-Sea police
in Burnham-On-Sea have this week warned they will crackdown on
any anti-social behaviour during the Halloween weekend as they
launch a high-profile bid to ensure residents have a fun and safe
Traditionally, Halloween has been the busiest night of the year
for police but during the past three years the number of incidents
has dropped, something that police are keen to see repeated this
year in Burnham and Highbridge.
Officers have warned they will not tolerate anti-social behaviour
and high-visibility patrols will be carried out on Halloween night.
Officers have been distributing leaflets and posters to residents
and businesses containing advice. Burnham Dreamscheme have also
been taking part in a 'trick, no treat' campaign to promote safety
and police are also working with retailers to crack down on the
sales of flour and eggs to under-18s.
Residents not wishing to receive Trick or Treat callers are able
to display posters (see link below for the poster) in their windows
asking people not to knock on their door.
PCSO Eliot Green, pictured in Burnham Library this week, 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."
"Police want youngsters who are out and about on Halloween
night to enjoy themselves, ensuring they stay safe and respect
residents living in the area they frequent, taking note of any
houses displaying 'No Trick or Treat' posters."
Our photo, top, shows Burnham-On-Sea police launching their
Halloween campaign in the town's library on Tuesday
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