|Helen O'Driscoll (Police, Community Safety Officer, Peterborough - Southern)|
Halloween is traditionally a night of fun and frolics with children visiting houses in their neighbourhood, saying "Trick or Treat".
Children enjoy dressing up as ghosts or witches or other assorted monsters, and most householders are happy to hand over sweets or other presents to ward off the evil spirits.
However, occasionally groups of young people knock at every door whether they know the residents or not, demanding some sort of gift or payment. For the vulnerable or older members of the community this can be a frightening and intimidating experience.
Cambridgeshire Police want to ensure that Halloween is a happy and safe time for everyone, whether young or old, so we have made posters available on our web-site for residents and shops.
The series of posters address issues surrounding Halloween can be found at http://www.cambs-police.co.uk/crimeprevention/advice/advice.asp?ID=160
Cambridgeshire Police would like to remind the younger members of the community to act responsibly, but also to the general public to be a little more tolerant of the high spirits of people celebrating the event.
Police want people to realise that throwing eggs can not only be upsetting for people but any damage caused can be treated as criminal damage and if someone is caught they may face a criminal record.
It is hoped that the privacy of those people who clearly indicate that they do not wish to be involved in Halloween will be respected and trick or treaters will move on.
On Halloween itself extra police patrols will be in place throughout the area, with the primary aim being to make sure that the evening is peaceful and the number of disturbances is kept to a minimum.
If you wish to report an incident please do so by dialling 101, if a crime is in progress please dial 999.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!!
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