Police in Devon have produced a special Halloween poster for residents who don’t want trick-or-treaters knocking at their door.
The Devon and Cornwall Police campaign has been put in place to ensure Halloween is a happy and safe time for members of the public.
Residents who don’t want to be bothered by trick-or-treaters are encouraged to place the specially designed poster on the front door or window of their home.
The poster, which states: ‘Sorry... no trick or treat this Halloween’, is downloadable from the Devon and Cornwall Police website.
Inspector Paul Morgan, from the Local Policing and Partnerships Department, said: “The number of Halloween activities has grown immensely in recent years. For many people it is a fun event, where you get the chance to dress up and go out with friends.
“Whilst not wishing to discourage any of that, we ask trick-or-treaters to consider that there are some people, particularly elderly and vulnerable, who get worried if strangers call at the door during the evening.
“We’re not here to ruin people’s fun but we would urge trick-or-treaters to be aware that some people do not want to be disturbed. We would ask people not to call at houses displaying this poster.”
Download the poster from www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/halloween.
Devon and Cornwall Police have also issued six tips for young people at Halloween:
• Always be accompanied by an adult when you are trick-or-treating.
• You should only go to houses of people that you know and who are happy for you to call.
• Stay safe, keep to places that you know and are well lit. Do not take short cuts through gardens, alleyways or parks.
• Watch out for traffic - drivers might not see you.
• If you are wearing a mask make sure that you can see where you are going and are aware of your surroundings.
• Carry a torch and a fully charged mobile phone (if you have one).