Turn back trick-or-treaters

20:37 26 October 2012

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North Devon residents invited to download police campaign poster if they do not wish trick-or-treaters to call at their door this Halloween.

TRICK-or-treaters have been reminded that not everyone wants to enter in to the spirit of Halloween.

The police, with support from safer North Devon, have launched the annual campaign to ensure Halloween is a happy and safe time for everyone, whether young or old.

The ‘Sorry... no trick or treat this Halloween’ campaign encourages residents who do not want to be bothered by trick-or-treaters to download the campaign poster and place it on the front door or window of their home.

“Halloween activities are really popular and have grown immensely in recent years. For many people it is a fun event, where you get the chance to dress up and go out with friends,” said Sergeant Mark Harper.

“Whilst not wishing to discourage any of that, we ask trick-or-treaters to consider that there are some people, particularly elderly and vulnerable, who get worried if strangers call at the door during the evening.

“We’re not here to ruin people’s fun but we would urge trick-or-treaters to be aware that some people do not want to be disturbed. We would ask people not to call at homes displaying this poster.”

Amanda Palmer, of Safer North Devon, added: “As a partnership we work hard to respond to emerging anti-social behaviour through our daily tasking process and are seeing an ongoing reduction across our area.

“We ultimately want communities to feel they can prevent issues arising by getting involved in campaigns such as the Police Halloween No Trick or Treat Campaign.”

You can download the poster from www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/halloween

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SIX safety tips for young people at Halloween:

* Always be accompanied by an adult when you are trick-or-treating.

* You should only go to houses of people that you know and who are happy for you to call.

* Stay safe, keep to places that you know and are well lit. Do not take short cuts through gardens, alleyways or parks.

* Watch out for traffic - drivers might not see you.

* If you are wearing a mask make sure that you can see where you are going and are aware of your surroundings.

* Carry a torch and a fully charged mobile phone (if you have one).

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