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Halloween Message

Alert message sent 29/10/2018 19:07:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


Halloween is often a time when our communities are frightened or disturbed by trick or treaters. Although there is nothing to suggest we will see a repeat of the 'Clown Craze', with the recent release of IT at the cinemas it is possible the prank could re-emerge. We have therefore added additional advice aimed at those tempted to copycat.

 

Elderly and vulnerable people;

  • If you do not know who is calling at your house, you do not need to open the door.
  • Try to see who is at the door by looking through a spy hole or window before opening the door.
  • If you have a chain on your door – keep this in place when opening the door.
  • If you feel threatened in your home, contact the police.

Children and their parents:

  • If your child is going outside in a costume, make sure they are wearing reflective clothing or add reflective tape to their clothes.
  • Carry a torch and consider road safety at all times.
  • If your child is going out trick or treating, make sure they go out in a group, preferably accompanied by an adult.
  • Older children should let you know where they are going and what time they will be back.
  • Children should carry a mobile phone in a pocket or bag.
  • Make sure your children know not to enter anyone's house or to accept lifts from strangers.
  • Not everyone appreciates trick or treaters turning up at their door - look out for the 'No tricker or treaters poster' displayed in windows.
  • Be respectful to others property if they don't answer the door or offer a treat. Playing trick could get you into trouble and may amount to a criminal offence.

 

Message sent by
Jacqueline May (Police, PCSO, Vent)
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