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Celebrating Halloween safely

Alert message sent 28/10/2021 12:04:00

Information sent on behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary

With Halloween fast approaching, the message is to 'keep safe, think of others and have fun' this spooky season.

Halloween is a time of year where people want to go out and have some fun, however, it is also a time when the police witness an increase in anti-social behaviour.

We want Derbyshire residents to enjoy a safe and happy Halloween, but also recognise that this time of year can be stressful for the elderly, those who live alone and for the vulnerable - so we ask people to be respectful when celebrating.

Here are some helpful tips to help ensure your evening does not turn into a nightmare when trick-or-treating:
  • Children should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Remember road safety and wear bright clothing.
  • Keep Halloween ‘tricks’ safe and respect people's property – do not let your children throw flour and eggs or cause damage.
  • Be considerate to others - only go to the houses of people who you know, and who are happy for you to call round. Don't knock on stranger's doors.
  • Don't call at houses that have 'no trick or treat' posters on show.
  • Never be tempted to go inside someone's house if you don't know them.
  • Keep to well-lit areas and don't take shortcuts through gardens or alleyways.
  • Although Halloween is meant to be spooky, be considerate and try not to frighten others.
  • Only handle fireworks if you’re over 18-years-old.
  • If having a Halloween party at home, let your neighbours know beforehand, so they won't be alarmed. Keep the noise low and do not let fireworks off between 11pm and 7am.
If you’re driving on Halloween, please be aware of the increased foot traffic, drive slowly and be vigilant.

Visit our website, where you can find further safety advice and a downloadable 'No Trick or Treat' poster that you can print off and stick in your window.


Reporting a concern

Halloween is one of the busiest nights of the year, so it's important that you choose the correct way to report a concern to the police.

For a full list of anti-social reporting methods, please visit Derbyshire's ASB Hub.

You can report crimes to us via:

Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact
Website – complete the online contact form
Phone – call us on 101.

Please only dial 999 in a genuine emergency.
Message sent by
Cheryl Swan (Police, Comms and engagement officer, Force)

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