Top tips to #StaySafe
With the nights getting darker and seasonal celebrations taking place, here are a few tips to help you stay safe through autumn nights.
Keeping your home safe
- Not sure? Don’t open the door. A genuine caller will happily wait outside while you verify their identity or call a family member/neighbour
- A dark house is a green light for burglars. Install an automatic timer to turn on lights when out
- Don’t tempt the burglars. Keep valuables out of sight from outside.
- Popping out? Lock up. Lock all doors and windows, even if you only pop out for a few minutes.
Keeping safe at Halloween
- Not taking part in Halloween? Simply display a ‘No Trick or Treating’ sign on your door.
- See anything extra spooky? Report suspicious or criminal activity to the Police on 101; always dial 999 in an emergency.
- Be cautious when answering the door.
Advice for Trick or Treaters
- Trick of treating is better with a group of friends. Don’t go out alone or split up into smaller groups.
- Think road safety! Wear bright and shiny costumes so drivers can see you. Consider taking a torch or glow stick with you.
- Don’t call at homes after 9pm.
- Don’t call at any home showing a ‘no trick or treating’ sign. Not everybody likes to take part in Halloween, and they could be alarmed by unexpected callers.
- Never go into a stranger’s house, even if you are invited.
- Don’t vandalise anything or throw things like eggs, flour or paint. It can be classed as criminal damage or assault. A night of fun could end up with you being in trouble with the police.
Keeping safe with fireworks
- Don’t fool with fireworks. It’s an offence to throw or let off a firework in a street or public place.
- Attend a public firework display. Enjoy the spectacle without the safety concerns of organising your own event.
- Be considerate. If you let off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, you will be breaking the law (except on Bonfire Night when it extends to midnight).