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Hertfordshire Constabulary campaign to scare off anti-social behaviour on Halloween
Police in south west Hertfordshire are calling on those enjoying Halloween and Bonfire Night festivities to consider how their behaviour could affect vulnerable people.
As part of the Association of Chief Police Officers’ national In Focus Anti-social Behaviour campaign, Hertfordshire Constabulary is warning residents about how antisocial behaviour could affect the elderly or those living alone.
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.
Chief Inspector David Partridge, who is coordinating the constabulary’s activity around Halloween and Bonfire Night, said: "Halloween and Bonfire Night are about people having fun and enjoying themselves. But it is also about staying safe and not making others feel frightened or intimidated.
"We want everyone to enjoy themselves and whilst not wanting to stop people having fun, we want to be clear that damage to property or causing injury is a crime and will not be tolerated.
"If your children are going trick or treating, please make sure that you accompany them and help them to stay safe and trouble-free.
"There will be increased patrols across many parts of the county as a reassuring presence, and to react quickly to any unwanted behaviour and act as a deterrent to any would-be trouble-makers."
Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd, added: "Anti-social behaviour has decreased considerably in Hertfordshire in recent months with over 6,000 fewer reported incidents so far this year. This is no doubt in part because of the great work done by the Constabulary and our local partners.
"Halloween and Bonfire Night tend to be busy nights for police forces. In Hertfordshire, our local policing teams will be out patrolling in the community. But keeping crime and anti-social behaviour down is everybody’s business and I would also urge parents to make sure their children stay safe and keep out of trouble and that Neighbourhood Watch members and residents report any anti-social behaviour immediately to ensure that everyone can have a safe and enjoyable time."
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