Stay safe reminder for Halloween festivities
Parents are urged to ensure that children and young people follow personal safety advice before they go out to celebrate Halloween.
Many people, especially young children and teenagers, enjoy dressing up and going out to ‘trick or treat’ their neighbours and friends.
But for others, including some older people, who may feel more vulnerable after dark, Halloween can be a difficult night.
As a result, Hampshire Constabulary and the Safer North Hampshire* community safety team are reminding people to comply with the following advice before they go out trick or treating:
Advice is also available for older or vulnerable members of the community, who are staying at home this Halloween and want to be left alone to enjoy their evening without disturbance:
Councillor Simon Bound, chairman of the Safer North Hampshire Partnership, said: “We want everyone to enjoy Halloween, whether they plan to dress up and go out trick or treating or to ignore it. For those who want to celebrate the occasion, please follow our advice and ensure your children are under your supervision at all times. For those who want to be left alone to enjoy their evening, display a “no trick or treat” poster clearly in your window, and don’t open the door.”
People can discourage trick or treaters by downloading and displaying a copy of the “No trick or treat” poster by clicking on the Downloads on the right of this page.
If you are part of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, let your coordinator know that you will be on your own at Halloween. If you are a coordinator, you should identify people in your scheme that may be vulnerable and offer them reassurance.
Anyone with any concerns about suspicious or antisocial behaviour on Halloween night is urged to contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101.
For more general information about seasonal safety advice, visit www.safernh.co.uk
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