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‘Scare Yourself, Not Others’ is Hallowe’en Message from Surrey Police

Published on: 29 Oct, 2012
Updated on: 29 Oct, 2012

“Scare yourself, not others” is the message being sent out to young people by Surrey Police as officers target antisocial behaviour over Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night.

By all accounts, have fun this Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night, but be considerate to others, advise Surrey Police.

To get this simple message across Surrey Police has created a video called The Slammer aimed at a teenage audience. Anyone who watches the video will have the chance to enter a competition to win one of 16 pairs of tickets to Thorpe Park’s Fright Nights.

Hundreds of specially designed Hallowe’en postcards with information about how to enter the competition have also been made available at selected cinemas and schools in Surrey.

Additional police patrols will take place throughout Surrey to prevent potential incidents.

Safer Neighbourhood Team officers have been visiting a number of areas including Guildford advising residents about the best ways to stay safe and have an enjoyable Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night.

Surrey Police is again working alongside local authorities, Surrey Fire and Rescue and the Surrey Trading Standards Service during Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night to target anti-social behaviour.

The force is also asking shops not to sell large quantities of flour and eggs to those they suspect will use them to damage property. Posters bearing the same message are also being distributed by neighbourhood officers.

‘No trick or treat’ advice cards are available from local Safer Neighbourhood policing teams, and posters will be on display to reinforce radio and newspaper advertising.

If you or your children are planning to go out trick or treating, Surrey Police urges you to keep in mind the following safety advice:

Always go with an adult or group of responsible friends and tell your parents where you are going.

Never knock on a stranger’s door or go into a house.

Respect the wishes of those people displaying a ‘no trick or treat’ sign.

Stay in areas that are well lit and don’t go off on your own.

Be visible especially if you are going near areas with busy roads.

Do not vandalise property or throw items like egg or flour – this causes a lot of damage and upset and could be classed as a criminal offence.

Remember your actions might frighten vulnerable people, particularly the elderly or those who live alone, so be considerate.

Anyone who wishes to report antisocial behaviour can contact Surrey Police by calling 101.

Anyone with information about shops that may be selling fireworks to young people can contact Surrey Trading Standards via Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.

For more advice on keeping safe and within the law around Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night

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