Posters saying that you do not wish trick or treaters to knock at your door are available online and in shops.
The series of posters address issues surrounding Halloween are at www.suffolk.police.uk/safetyadvice/halloween.aspx alongside safety advice and colouring sheets for children.
Police are appealing to the younger people to act responsibly, but also to the general public to be tolerant of the high spirits of people celebrating.
Members of the local Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs) have been visiting schools with the aim of educating school children on how to behave responsibly and to be respectful to other peoples’ wishes.
Police have also visited shops to encourage them not to sell flour and eggs to youngsters in the days before Halloween.
Police want people to realise that throwing eggs can not only be upsetting for people but any damage caused can be treated as criminal damage and if someone is caught they may face a criminal record.
A poster has been designed for shops encouraging retailers to be responsible with regard to the sale of eggs and stating that they will not sell eggs and flour to under-16s on the 30th and 31st of October.
Two posters are available to advertise whether a household does or does not want to take part in the celebrations with one stating, ‘The occupants of this house kindly ask you not to call on Halloween. Please respect our wishes’.
It is hoped that the privacy of those people who clearly indicate that they do not wish to be involved in Halloween will be respected and trick or treaters will move on.
Finally a poster has been designed asking parents to think about the safety of their children and to consider if they would normally let their children call on a stranger’s home unsupervised.
These will be put up around the county and have been widely distributed to schools and businesses through local Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
Chief Inspector Jenny Powell said: “We are not trying to spoil the fun of Halloween but we would like trick or treaters to be mindful of the impact that their activity may have on others particularly the elderly or vulnerable.
“Some residents might be distressed by strangers knocking at their door during the evening so we are asking people not to call at houses displaying one of the posters.”
On Halloween itself extra patrols will be in place throughout the county, with the primary aim being to make sure that the evening is peaceful and the number of disturbances is kept to a minimum.
If you would like to print off a copy of one of the posters or colouring sheets visit www.suffolk.police.uk/safetyadvice/halloween.aspx.
Alternatively posters can be obtained from your local police station.
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