There are no tricks when our Community Safety Team officers knock on your door this October.
They’re on patrol with Thames Valley Police, visiting residents to give advice about keeping safe and well this autumn and handing out helpful goodies.
Some of the treats they will be giving to residents include light timers to deter burglars, ultraviolet pens to mark your belongings and Halloween posters that you can display in your window to indicate if you are happy to receive real trick or treaters on 31st October.
Cllr Patrick Hogan, Portfolio Holder for Healthy Communities at South Bucks District Council, said: “Ahead of Halloween, the Councils’ Community Safety Team and Thames Valley Police officers are doing their own trick or treating visits, but this time only with treats. They’re giving residents crime prevention and safety advice that will help them now the nights are getting longer. In particular they are letting residents know about the Halloween posters which have proved effective over the past few years.”
Cllr Liz Walsh, Portfolio Holder for Healthy Communities at Chiltern District Council, said: “For many people, Halloween is a great opportunity to don a fancy dress outfit and go out trick or treating, or to hand out tasty treats to spooky visitors who knock on their door. However, it’s important to remember that not everyone enjoys the evening and it can be distressing for some people, particularly the elderly and more vulnerable residents. Our Halloween posters are a simple and effective way for householders to indicate whether or not they are willing to be visited by Trick or Treaters.
“We want to make sure that everyone has a happy and safe evening, whether they are taking part or not.”
If you are going Trick or Treating, please follow these tips:
- Ensure your children are with a responsible adult
- Stay in a small group, never go on your own.
- If there is a sign saying ‘No trick or treat here’, don’t knock.
- Never enter someone’s house, always stay on the doorstep.
- Don’t trick or treat after 8pm as some people do not want to be disturbed and families will have small children who will be in bed.
- Be careful not to frighten elderly or vulnerable people.
- Don’t open the door if you’re worried. Use your spy-hole, look out of a window, and use your door chain if you do decide to open your door.
Posters are also available from the Council offices in Amersham or Denham; just ask at reception.
Follow the Community Safety Team on Twitter for updates @csafetycdcsbdc as they go Treating this month.
Look out for the team over the next few weeks, and if you would like to speak to a member of your Neighbourhood Police Team you can always contact them via the Thames Valley Police website in the meantime: www.thamesvalley.police.uk/contact/contact-us/us/contact-us/
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