Listen to the wishes of local residents and only trick or treat where you’re welcome - that’s the message being spread by Leicestershire Police, the charity TwentyTwenty and other community safety partners ahead of Halloween.
Young people from TwentyTwenty, which runs life skills centres in Leicester and Loughborough supporting young people back into education and employment, have teamed up with police community support officers from across the county to deliver posters which encourage people to trick or treat only when they’re welcome.
The double-sided posters are available to Melton residents to put on display if they don’t want to take part tomorrow night (Saturday), asking trick or treaters not to knock on their door, or to show that trick or treaters are welcome there.
Superintendent Mark Newcombe, Leicestershire Police’s lead on antisocial behaviour, said; “We’d like young people to enjoy the evening without causing distress to others, so please respect people’s wishes over the Halloween period.”
Councillor Joe Orson, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for community safety, added: “The posters let young people know where they can safely celebrate Halloween and, with TwentyTwenty’s support, it really shows that young people want to re-assure their communities that this is a fun event.”
Extra officers will be on patrol tomorrow night, including special constables and Leicestershire Youth Offending Service’s IMPACT team.
Last year the police received 132 non-urgent calls about anti-social behaviour on October 31. On average the force receives 68 calls a day about anti-social behaviour.
You can pick up your poster from Melton Police Station or you can download them from the police website https://leics.police.uk/media/uploads/news/file/P0527_Trick_or_treat_poster_2015.pdf
Anyone who wants to report anti-social behaviour can call Leicestershire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.