AN annual effort to reduce antisocial behaviour and increase safety in Burton and South Derbyshire has been launched ahead of Halloween and bonfire night.
Staffordshire and Derbyshire Police will both be upping patrols during the next few days in a bid to keep people safe and ensure that they respect people who do not wish to be part of these celebrations.
Chief Superintendent Jon Drake, from Staffordshire Police, said: “We’re working with our partners to reduce antisocial behaviour by encouraging families to enjoy themselves safely and responsibly this Halloween and bonfire night.
“It’s important that people consider how their actions could affect others.
“We’re particularly keen to ensure the elderly and those who live alone are not distressed by ‘trick and treaters’.
“Officers and PCSOs have issued many ‘No Trick or Treat’ cards to elderly and vulnerable people which they display in their windows.
“We would ask that all youngsters don’t knock on doors that are displaying these signs.”
In South Derbyshire, officers from Swadlincote Police Station have been out and about handing out free posters to discourage unwanted trick or treaters and to prevent a rise in crime.
Section inspector Nigel Lidsey said: “As well as handing out the free posters across Derbyshire, Safer Neighbourhood teams will be increasing patrols over Halloween and Bonfire Night to cut out antisocial behaviour.
“Officers will be chatting to residents to reassure them that they are out on patrol and will use powers to disperse groups of people who are found to be causing a nuisance.”
Staffordshire Police have been working with trading standards teams and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to visit licensed shops to offer advice and guidance about the sale of fireworks to children under 18 and work towards tackling the illegal use of fireworks.