Antisocial surge expected over Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night
Police in Bishop's Stortford are anticipating an antisocial crime wave to coincide with Hallowe'en once darkness descends on Thursday (October 31).
This time of year tends to be the busiest period for Hertfordshire officers, and the flurry of vandalism and other antisocial behaviour often extends past Bonfire Night on November 5.
In Bishop's Stortford, the policing team have already been dealing with various instances of criminal damage: a community café's windows were smashed, homes and pedestrians were pelted with eggs and vehicles were vandalised.
As in previous years, police will again have an increased number of officers on duty, both locally and county-wide, who will be carrying out high-visibility and covert patrols.
The following advice has been issued to trick-or-treaters:
- Never go trick-or-treating alone and always take an adult with you.
- Look out for signs that trick-or-treaters are welcome, such as Hallowe'en decorations – don’t knock on the doors of strangers.
- Damage to property or hurting someone is a crime. Threatening and abusive behaviour can amount to an offence too.
- Remember road safety rules, particularly after dark.
- Wear something bright so that drivers can see you.
- If you are planning on hosting your own fireworks party, make sure you tell all your neighbours, especially those with pets who may be affected by the noise.
Chief Inspector David Partridge, who is co-ordinating the constabulary’s activity tonight, said: "We hope that everyone can have a fun and safe Hallowe'en and Firework Night. However some residents, particularly those living alone, can feel frightened or intimidated.
"There will be more officers on patrol during this period, so we will be able to respond quickly to any incidents, as well as providing a highly visible and reassuring presence."