In Derbyshire, police are offering free posters to discourage unwanted trick or treaters and to prevent a rise in anti-social behaviour over Halloween and Bonfire Night.
For the free posters visit the Safer Derbyshire website. A design can be placed in doors or windows by people who do not wish to be visited by trick or treaters. Retailers can get posters for their shops telling customers that eggs and flour will not be sold to anyone under the age of 16.
The third poster reminds people of the laws around fireworks, such as it being illegal for under-18s to have them and for fireworks to be set off after a certain time. Safer Neighbourhood teams in the county will be increasing patrols over Halloween and Bonfire Night. 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. Tips for a safer Halloween and bonfire night, for young people and parents, include:
Young children involved in trick or treating should be accompanied by an adult.
Consider calling at houses where you know the occupants, rather than strangers.
Respect the privacy and wishes of people who do not want to take part in trick or treat − observe the “Sorry No Trick or Treat” posters people may display in doors or windows.
Residents are also advised to follow the doorstep code when answering the door to unexpected callers. This includes making sure doors and windows are locked and using a door bar or chain before opening the door. The fireworks poster aims to educate and remind people about the law, which includes:
Fireworks cannot be set off between 11pm and 7am, except for Bonfire Night, when they can be let off until midnight, and New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the curfew ends at 1am the following day.
It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to buy or carry fireworks.
Throwing or setting off fireworks in the street is also against the law.
Offenders could find themselves with an £80 fine.