It’s the time of year when the dark nights are drawing in, we’re preparing to put our clocks back and retailers are stocking spooky Halloween decorations and fireworks.
This year our communities will be celebrating Halloween and Bonfire night differently; organised events have been cancelled due to Covid-19 and trick or treating is being discouraged.
Superintendent Sarah Poolman said: “We know this year will be different for everyone, but we want to ensure that however you celebrate, you are safe.
“It is important that whilst celebrating we don’t forget about Covid-19 and remember that we all still have a responsibility to keep each other safe.
“Your neighbourhood officers will be on patrol in the evenings to tackle any anti-social behaviour and breaches of the Covid-19 guidelines.
“As we increase our patrols, please remember that this is an extremely busy time for officers and call takers in the control room. We are asking our communities to think before you call 999 or 101.
“We have to prioritise the calls coming in to ensure our officers can respond to the most time critical and serious of incidents. We are asking those reporting a non-emergency crime do so through the online reporting form on our website.”
Tips on how to stay safe
- Garden bonfires are not advisable. They spread easily and can quickly become out of control. However, if you must have one, keep it away from trees, sheds and fences, and never use petrol or other accelerants to get it going
- If you are going to use fireworks, only use genuine ones, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and, please, be sensible
- Please also remember there are laws around when you can and cannot set them off
- Bring your wheelie bin in straight after is has been emptied
- Do you not leave rubbish or furniture outside of your home
With officers unable to attend school assemblies we, alongside South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have created some short videos to educated children on the dangers of fireworks and the implications that getting involved in anti-social behaviour can lead to.
Primary school video can be viewed here.
Primary school video with sign language can be viewed here.
Secondary school video can be viewed here.
Secondary school video with sign language can be viewed here.
If you're looking for another way to keep your little ones entertained, download our colour sheet here- don't forget to share them with us on social media!
If you do not want to be disturbed by trick or treaters this Halloween then you can download the South Yorkshire Police ‘no trick or treaters’ poster here.
Simply put the poster in your window or on your door and those taking part in the festivities will know that you do not want to be disturbed.
Reporting a crime
Think first ‘do you need to call the police?’ Calls at this time of year are usually higher so please consider whether your call is best directed towards the police. Visit our webpage www.southyorkshire.police.uk/contact-us/should-i-call-101/ for advice on whether your call is a police issue before you call 101.
If you do need to call the police make sure you call the necessary number. Only call 999 in an emergency. For non-emergencies please call 101. You can also now report an incident online at www.reportingcrime.uk/