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Police step up patrols around Wycombe over Halloween
1:00pm Monday 28th October 2013 in News
WYCOMBE’S top cop has reassured residents in fear of being spooked this Halloween with the promise of extra patrols to clamp down on anti-social behaviour.
Supt Gilbert Houalla said officers from CID and the mounted division will don their uniforms during the evening on Thursday to support neighbourhood teams trying to crack down on mischievous trick or treaters.
Police have also issued advice to anyone worried about being on the receiving end of threatening behaviour during the annual celebration.
Supt Houalla said: “We will have an operation in place with resources from the neighbourhood policing teams to help reassure residents during the evening and make sure that everybody behaves themselves.
“Most of these children or teenagers are just getting involved in the Halloween celebrations and will be friendly but we don’t want those people intent on causing trouble spoiling the fun for everyone else.”
Thames Valley Police have also produced window posters, available on the website, for those not wanting trick or treaters knocking on their door.
The following advice has been issued for those feeling unsafe during Halloween:
• Don’t open your door if you’re unsure who is there. Use your spy-hole, look out of a window, and use your door chain if you do decide to open your door.
• Have a contact number of a close relative or good neighbour to hand by your telephone, just in case you need to phone them.
• 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, please identity people in your scheme that may be vulnerable and offer them reassurance.
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