People causing anti-social behaviour over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period can expect a swift response from North Yorkshire Police.
As well as having extra patrols out to deal with problems quickly, police are asking everyone to play their part to ensure that Halloween and “mischief-night” pass off peacefully and that people don’t use the nights as an excuse to cause anti-social behaviour.
Young people are reminded to take personal responsibility for their actions and not to cause people undue concerns. Some people find ghosts and ghouls calling at their homes distressing.
Parents are asked to make sure they know where their children are and what they are doing. They are also asked to make sure that youngsters know the dangers of playing with fireworks, not only to other people, but also to themselves.
And shopkeepers are being urged not to sell items that can be misused to cause damage, such as cans of shaving foam, flour, eggs and matches, to young people.
North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service will be working together to ensure that any illegal fires are quickly extinguished and those responsible for starting them are dealt with rapidly.
Sergeant Daniel Spence, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “Police will not tolerate any behaviour that causes problems in our communities and will deal with those responsible robustly.
“As well as stepping up patrols across the county, officers have also been visiting schools to explain to pupils that not everyone enjoys this time of year and it can raise the fear of crime.
“People out ‘trick or treating’ should remember throwing eggs and flour at buildings, writing graffiti and other acts of vandalism will be regarded as criminal damage and that anyone caught will dealt with accordingly.
“I would also like to ask that if you have an elderly or vulnerable neighbour that you keep an eye out for them and check that they are alright.”
“If you don’t want people visiting your home to trick or treat, you can download a poster from our website to display in a window.”
If you would like to download a poster please visit www.northyorkshire.police.uk/crimeprevention and then click on the special occasions link.
It is illegal for under 18s to buy fireworks, shops should refuse to sell to people under 18 and ask for proof of age if there is any doubt.
It is against the law to carry or use adult fireworks if you are under 18. An adult firework is any firework except a cap, cracker snap, novelty match, party popper, serpent, sparkler or throw
Under the Explosives Act of 1875, It is illegal to let off or throw a firework in a public place.
It is illegal to sell fireworks form unregistered/licensed premises.
Don’t light fireworks after 11pm, or midnight on 5 November, 1am on New Year’s Eve, Diwali or Chinese New Year.
No one of any age should be in possession of a category four firework unless you are a professional display organiser.
If anyone believes they have information about the illegal sale, use or possession of fireworks, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 0845 60 60 247. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Some Safety Advice for Children
Only trick or treat in your own neighbourhood unless you’re with an adult
Stay in well lit areas where there are plenty of houses
Make sure an adult knows the area you plan to visit and what time you’ll be back
Look out for ‘no callers please’ posters and respect your neighbours
Keep to pavements and trick or treat on one side of the street before crossing safely to the other side – don’t criss-cross
Don’t cut through back alleys, ginnels or fields, and don’t trick or treat too far from home
Don’t go alone – take an adult with you or stay in a group
Wait to eat any treats until you get home so that an adult can check them