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Putting safety before spooks and sparklers

Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night are two of the most popular nights in the year enjoyed by many people. Both have long standing traditions and are great fun for all the family. We do, however, want to remind people to stay safe when out at firework displays, and also get a message to trick or treaters that all their neighbours won’t be keen to participate.

On Hallowe’en make sure you have consideration for people who don’t want to be involved in the celebrations. In the first instance consider only visiting the houses of those people you know will take part. If you do not get an answer from a door you knock just move on.

Operation Orleans is a public agency campaign led each year by the Police which gives out “No trick or treat this Hallowe’en” posters to deter doorstep callers. Leaflets have been given to schools about the fun elements of the Hallowe’en and Bonfire nights celebrations, providing advice on keeping safe and reminding revellers not to target people displaying these posters. Local shops will be advising young people that they will not sell eggs or flour to people under the age of 18 years.

Don’t neglect home safety measures on Bonfire Night. Thieves often take opportunities to commit burglary and theft when so many homes are vacated so make sure you take the necessary precautions, locking your doors and windows, if you are out in the back garden or going just round the neighbours. If going out to events park your car in a safe place and do not leave items on open display.

Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams are working with partnership agencies including Fire & Rescue Service, Warwickshire County Council and Local District and Borough Councils to proactively target those who wish to use the celebration to commit anti-social behaviour, mis-use fireworks and cause violence.

If you are taking part in the celebrations, please take note of the advice to keep safe and to look after yourself and your property.

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