Stay safe this Halloween and Bonfire night
Unwelcome trick or treaters
We are encouraging residents to display posters (as shown on the right) in their front windows at Halloween to show whether or not they welcome visits from trick or treaters.
These posters are a simple but effective way to prevent the distress that unexpected callers can cause for vulnerable members of the community, while making sure that those who want to take part can enjoy all the tricks and treats they like. If you are planning to go trick or treating, the advice is to keep an eye out for the posters and make sure you behave considerately. Tricks like throwing eggs, graffiti, or other vandalism can be treated as criminal damage and the police will prosecute anyone found breaking the law.
There will be extra police resources on duty during the Halloween period to ensure that inappropriate behaviour is challenged and resolved.
If you don't have access to a printer and would like to request some posters for yourself or your neighbours, please contact us on 01296 382387.
We are also reminding residents to be careful with fireworks. The safest way to enjoy Bonfire Night is to go to a properly organised public display. Encourage children and young people to follow the Firework Code and never to put fireworks in their pocket or throw them, because they can have devastating consequences when used in the wrong way.
Anyone affected by the few individuals who use this time of year as an excuse to commit antisocial behaviour can report it to Thames Valley Police on 101. In an emergency, or if a crime is in progress, call 999.