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Have fun this Halloween - but show respect
10:00pm Friday 26th October 2012 in News
YOUNGSTERS who want to go trick or treating this Halloween are reminded to stay safe – and respect their neighbourhoods.
West Mercia Police is urging people to try to avoid causing distress to residents by taking things too far.
The force is running its annual ‘No Trick of Treat’ campaign again this year to ensure it passes by peacefully. The dark nights mean many householders, particularly the elderly, are wary of strangers knocking on their door.
People in Worcestershire can display the poster in their window or door if they don’t want to be disturbed over the coming days.
The force is asking people to “show respect” and move onto other properties if they see it on show.
Residents are also being handed some tips on safety during Halloween. Mike Stephenson, West Mercia Police crime risk adviser, said: “Many people feel concerned about anti-social behaviour at this time of year and elderly or vulnerable residents may feel intimidated by trick or treaters.
“We would like to remind people they have the right to say no to trick or treaters.
“I would also advise people to bear in mind basic safety principles – always use your door chain when opening the door and don’t let anyone in your house unless you’re sure of their identity. Trick or treaters are asked to show respect and move on if they see one of the posters.”
The posters can be picked up from police stations or downloaded as a .pdf file below.