“Be polite on Halloween night!” is the message from Sussex Police to those planning to celebrate Halloween on Friday night (October 31st).
Over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period there is often a rise in reports of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage and Sussex Police reminds everyone to stay safe, have fun and celebrate considerately. Those who live alone or are vulnerable can often feel intimidated or frightened by unexpected callers knocking at their door or fireworks going off late into the night.
Chief Superintendent Wayne Jones said: “We want ask those taking part in the numerous Halloween and Bonfire Night to be considerate of others around you. Those who live alone, such as the elderly and the vulnerable can find this time of year distressing, please respect the wishes of those displaying notices not wanting to take part.
“Many of the reports we receive are about children and young people who are seen to be causing a nuisance. Sometimes, what they intend to be just a bit of fun can upset others, endanger people or damage property.
“We ask that parents or guardians make sure that young children are supervised while ‘trick or treating’. If you have teenage children or who are planning to trick or treat, please ensure that you know where they are going, what time they will be home and remind them to stay with their friends.”
Halloween posters, welcoming trick or treaters or asking them not to call, are available from: www.sussex.police.uk/help-centre/ask-us/seasonal-advice/im-worried-about-trick-or-treaters-at-halloween-what-can-i-do
Local neighbourhood policing teams will run increased patrols within anti-social behaviour hotspots to ensure disruption to local residents is minimal. If you feel as though you have been a victim of anti-social behaviour please call 101, in an emergency always dial 999.