Ghosts and ghouls are set to hit the streets of Cambridgeshire on Thursday (October 31) as children across the county celebrate Hallowe’en.
For police the event is usually a busy night as calls increase with reports of anti-social behaviour.
Last year (2012) between 5pm and 10pm the force received 215 ‘999’ calls, compared with 171 over the same period two weeks prior.
Police are urging all children taking part in the festivities to behave themselves and stay safe.
To avoid confusion over whether or not a household is taking part in Hallowe’en police are issuing ‘no trick or treat’ posters, which can be downloaded from the force website – http://www.cambs.police.uk/
The posters can be displayed in windows and doorways and say ‘sorry – no trick or treat here thank you’.
The plea comes as part of the force’s Get Closer campaign which aims to reduce anti-social behaviour.
Across the county officers will be increasing patrols and supporting residents who do not want to participate.
Carol Aston, Community Safety Officer said: “We are working with vulnerable and elderly residents across Cambridgeshire and The Cambridgeshire Bobby Scheme.
“We have produced artwork for retailers to try to prevent the unnecessary sale of flour and eggs in the run-up to Hallowe’en and the anti-social behaviour often associated with it.
“Officers have been working with schools asking for our messages to be published to students as well as providing information to parents about their safety, visiting houses they know and respecting the ‘no trick or treating’ signs.”
Shirley Simpson, Trust Manager at The Bobby Scheme said: “The Cambridgeshire Bobby Scheme provides a service to older and vulnerable people across the county by improving their home security to reduce crime and provide peace of mind.
“We fit door and window alarms, door chains, padlocks and other security devices to make people feel safer in their own home, but we also provide advice and reassurance. Being burgled or fearing crime can have a devastating impact on older people and affects their health and quality of life.”
The work coincides with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) “In Focus - Anti-Social Behaviour” week, which is part of a series of campaigns focussing on important policing issues.