North Yorkshire Police is supporting a national campaign to raise awareness about anti-social behaviour (ASB) during the Halloween and Bonfire Night period.
Under the Association of Chief Police Officers’ “In Focus” banner, the week of action runs from Monday 28 October until Tuesday 5 November 2013.
Police Officers, Special Constables and Police Community Support Officers will be carrying out a large number of activities, including:
•Delivering posters to shops to prevent young people buying eggs and flour and fireworks
•Delivering “No trick or treat” posters to vulnerable and elderly people to display in windows
•High visibility patrols in areas where ASB has been an issue previously
•Visiting schools to educate young people about ASB and the dangers of fireworks
•Targeting known ASB offenders so that they know we are watching them
•Identifying insecure properties and offering crime prevention advice
Social media is also being used to provide information and advice to local residents, as well as promoting the activities taking place during the week of action.
To receive the updates you can follow North Yorkshire Police on Twitter @NYorksPolice using the hashtags #ASB or #InFocus.
Specials activity in York
On Monday 4 November 2013, around 25 Special Constables in York will be carrying out targeted patrols in the city focusing on ASB and burglary hotspots.
The night before Bonfire Night has often seen an increase in the levels of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage by juveniles taking part in Mischief Night. The team of specials will carry out high-visibility patrols to prevent and detect criminal damage, as well as offering reassurance to vulnerable people.
The team will also be checking properties to make sure that they do not present an opportunity for burglars. If they find an insecure property the officers will leave crime prevention advice.
•Monday 4 November 2013, Special Constables on high visibility anti-social behaviour and Beat the Burglar patrols
•Engagement with repeat victims of anti-social behaviour and persistent callers from the same period in previous years in order to offer reassurance
•Distribution of “No Trick or Treat” posters to local residents who are either repeat victims of anti-social behaviour, live in a anti-social behaviour hotspot areas or are vulnerable
•Delivering “Flour and eggs – not for sale” posters to local retailers
•Leaflets to local businesses regarding the sale of fireworks and alcohol to youths
•Engagement with known anti-social behaviour offenders so they know the police are watching them
•Engagement with students at York University and St Johns College regarding noise nuisance from late night parties
•High visibility patrols in the anti-social behaviour hot spots including the mobile police office to offer reassurance