Police warning - ‘don’t be anti-social during Hallowe’en’


“Be polite on Hallowe’en night!” that’s the message from Surrey and Sussex Police to those planning to celebrate on Friday night (October 31).

Over the Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night period there is often a rise in reports of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage and Surrey and Sussex Police are working together to remind everyone to stay safe, have fun and celebrate considerately.

Those who live alone or are vulnerable can often feel intimidated or frightened by unexpected callers knocking at their door or fireworks going off late into the night.

Chief Superintendent Wayne Jones from Sussex Police said: “We want ask those taking part in the numerous Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night to be considerate of others around you. Those who live alone, such as the elderly and the vulnerable can find this time of year distressing, please respect the wishes of those displaying notices not wanting to take part.”

“Many of the reports we receive are about children and young people who are seen to be causing a nuisance. Sometimes, what they intend to be just a bit of fun can upset others, endanger people or damage property.

“We ask that parents or guardians make sure that young children are supervised while ‘trick or treating’. If you have teenage children or who are planning to trick or treat, please ensure that you know where they are going, what time they will be home and remind them to stay with their friends.”

Hallowe’en posters, welcoming trick or treaters or asking them not to call, are available from the following links:

Sussex: www.sussex.police.uk/help-centre/ask-us/seasonal-advice/im-worried-about-trick-or-treaters-at-halloween-what-can-i-do

Surrey: www.surrey.police.uk/keeping-safe/protecting-you-and-your-family/anti-social-behaviour

Local neighbourhood policing teams will be running increased patrols within anti-social behaviour hotspots in both Surrey and Sussex to ensure that disruption to local residents is minimal. If you feel as though you have been a victim of anti-social behaviour call 101, in an emergency always dial 999.