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Halloween criminal damage warning

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Halloween, the second busiest time of the year - police
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Police have repeated their annual Halloween warning saying that it has become the second busiest period of the year for officers, with increased reports of criminal damage and anti social behaviour.

In a news release, emailed to this site, Chief Inspector Mick Pryce, Head of the Constabulary's Community Safety Unit said it is important people act sensibly.

"Many of the incidents we are called to involve flour and eggs being thrown as part of ‘trick or treating.’ These items can cause permanent damage to property and as such these incidents are reported as crimes," he said.

Shops in the area have been given posters stating that eggs and flour will not be sold to shoppers unless it is part of a larger grocery purchase.

Police say parents should also keep an eye on their egg and flour supplies to stop them being misused.

Chief Inspector Pryce said that if any local residents are concerned about, or intimidated by, trick or treating they should contact police while it is going on.

Hertfordshire Constabulary is issuing the following advice:

  • Adults should ALWAYS accompany children when trick or treating.
  • Young people should never go trick or treating alone.
  • Do not knock on the doors of strangers - only go to people you know.
  • Always keep to well-lit areas.
  • Wear bright clothing and remember the basics of road safety.
  • Keep your ‘tricks’ within the law - anything that results in damage is an offence and will be dealt with as such.
  • Unless pre-arranged, do not visit elderly members of the community.
  • If someone calls at your door - be cautious. Use a door chain or door viewer to check the caller’s identity. If you are unsure, do not open the door.
  • If you are happy for trick or treaters to call at your door, remember to stock up on treats.

Anyone feeling intimidated, or spotting criminal activity, is urged to phone the local police team on 01707-638112.

You can discuss this issue in this site's forum.

14 October 2005

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