A campaign has been launched in Rutland to keep communities safe this Halloween and Bonfire Night.
The Safer Rutland Partnership is organising the campaign and hopes that, by following a few simple messages, both parents and trick-or-treaters will have a safe and enjoyable Halloween:
l Don’t trick-or-treat alone. Always go in a group and with an adult.
l Stay in a neighbourhood that you know well.
l Be safe and be seen. Do not dress in just dark clothing but make sure you can be visible by other people and more importantly by vehicle drivers.
l Only go to houses that have lights on and stay in well-lit areas .
l Never go into a stranger’s house, even if you are invited.
l Respect houses that display ‘No trick-or-treat’ signs.
l Take care not to trick strangers or elderly neighbours.
l Check your treats with an adult at home before eating them.
Special posters telling trick-or-treaters whether you are taking part in Halloween are once again being made available.
The free A4 size posters say ‘No Thanks Trick-or-Treaters’ for those who prefer not to be disturbed during Halloween or ‘Trick-or-Treaters Welcome Here’ if you are getting involved.
The posters are available from Oakham Police, Rutland County Council, Rutland Libraries and Citizens’ Advice or by downloading them from www.rutland.gov.uk/saferrutland
Council leader Roger Begy (Con) said: “We need to make sure that vulnerable residents in our communities feel safe and are reassured that people will not be knocking at their doors at night if they do not want them to. Likewise, we want trick-or-treaters themselves to take care and think about their safety while out and about.”
Police and members of the council’s community safety team are also visiting schools with information about the dangers of anti-social behaviour and fireworks in the run-up to November 5.