Police up patrols across Welwyn Hatfield for festive season
PUBLISHED: 11:17 26 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:17 26 October 2016
Hertfordshire Constabulary is reminding all those enjoying the festivities to consider how their behaviour could affect their neighbours and vulnerable people, like the elderly or those living alone.
This time is one of the busiest times of the year for the police, when there is often an increase in anti-social behaviour and criminal damage, causing distress and worry to many residents.
While this hasn’t been a major issue over the last few years, police will again be carrying out extra patrols to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time.
Officers from Safer Neighbourhood Teams across the county will be working with local councils, the Fire and Rescue Service and businesses to make sure anti-social behaviour remains low.
A police spokesperson said: “We are also reminding residents that if they are going out to a Halloween party or firework display, to make sure they lock their homes securely and leave a light on to give their home a lived-in-look.”
Chief inspector David Partridge, who is coordinating the Constabulary’s activity around Halloween and Bonfire Night, said: “Halloween and Firework Night can be great fun, but some residents, particularly those living alone, can feel frightened or intimidated.
“We don’t want to stop anyone from enjoying themselves, but damage to property, causing injury or intimidating people are crimes and will be dealt with as such.
“There will be more officers on patrol during this period, who will be able to respond quickly to any incidents, as well as providing a highly visible and reassuring presence.
“Police are also issuing a reminder that threatening behaviour and carrying any kind of weapon is illegal, and even if it is done as a bit of fun, such behaviour could result in an arrest.”
For more advice or to download a ‘Trick-or-Treaters Welcome’ or a ‘No Trick or Treaters’ poster visit www.herts.police.uk/halloween