People in West Yorkshire are being asked to celebrate Hallowe’en safely as the emergency services prepare for what is usually one of the busiest nights of the year.
Those taking part in festivities are also urged to respect the wishes of more vulnerable people who may not want trick or treaters at their door.
Anyone wanting to use a ‘Sorry – no Trick or Treat’ poster can download and print one from the West Yorkshire Police website.
Compared to an average day in West Yorkshire, 999 calls on Hallowe’en have increased by 40 per cent in recent years.
Assistant Chief Constable Osman Khan, said:
“Hallowe’en is typically one of our busiest nights of the year and we will have an increased visible presence to offer reassurance to our communities over the coming week and into the Bonfire weekend.
“We expect the 999 and 101 lines to be busy during this time, so would ask that people consider using our online options to report matters which do not require our immediate attendance.
“We also ask that people please only use the 999 number for genuine emergencies – where there is a threat to life or a crime is ongoing. Non-emergency calls made on 999 are potentially preventing someone who really needs our help from getting through.”
ACC Khan added:
“Our officers and staff have worked closely with our communities and partners in the Fire and Ambulance services, local authorities, schools and trading standards to prepare for this time.
“We understand that not everyone enjoys Hallowe’en. Things that might seem like harmless fun to some can cause anxiety, stress and worry for others.
“I would ask parents and carers to make time to find out where their children are, and that when trick or treating children only visit the homes of friends and neighbours. Younger children out trick or treating should always stay in groups and be accompanied by an adult at all times.
“Residents can stay safe by using door chains when answering calls to their property, and calling 999 if they feel threatened.
“West Yorkshire Police works closely with partners to protect communities from crime and anti-social behaviour and will take positive action against those who are found to be involved in such matters.”
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Area Manager for Service Delivery, Scott Donegan, said:
“We want everyone celebrating Hallowe’en to have fun, but also want to remind people to take care of themselves and others.
“LED candles are a great alternative to real flames for pumpkins; if you are using real candles remember to think about where they are placed and to never leave them unattended.
“Many Hallowe’en costumes can easily set alight; take extra care around flames and always extinguish candles properly – especially before going to bed.
“Finally, if you’re dressing up and heading out and about, please consider how visible you and any young people are to motorists. Enjoy the festivities but keep you, your family and friends safe.”
This post is based on a press release issued by West Yorkshire Police
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