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Police design window posters to deter Halloween trick or treaters
11:00am Monday 21st October 2013 in News
RESIDENTS wanting to avoid ghosts and ghouls this Halloween can display a new poster in their windows to deter trick or treaters.
WINDOW posters have been designed by police for those who want to enjoy their evening in peace without being disturbed by children indulging in the annual tradition.
Last year inthe South Bucks district, there were 8 incidents of anti-social behaviour in on the 31st October, and figures that has been reducing over the last four years.
TVP Neighbourhood Inspector Lucy Price said “There will be extra police resources on duty during the Halloween period to ensure that inappropriate behaviour is challenged and resolved.
“Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated at this or any time of year.
“Tricks like throwing eggs could constitute a criminal offence, and causing damage through graffiti and vandalism is not acceptable behaviour.
“Be in no doubt that we will prosecute anyone found breaking the law.”
Residents who would rather opt out of the doorstep ritual can download the poster from the Thames Valley Police website.
Those without access to a printer can request the posters by calling 01895 837200 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are concerned about Halloween, the advice to follow is:
• Don’t open your door if you’re unsure who is there. Use your spy-hole or look out of a window, and use your door chain if you do decide to open your door.
• Have a contact number of a relative or good neighbour to hand just in case you need to phone them.
• If you are part of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, let your coordinator know if you will be on your own at Halloween. If you are a coordinator, please identity people in your scheme who may feel vulnerable and offer them reassurance.
Anyone affected by the few individuals who use trick or treating 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.
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