Shining a light on the Dark Nights

Date published: 25 October 2019 08:55

It's that time of year again, when the clocks go back, Halloween costumes come out and we get ready to embrace the cold on Bonfire night!

As we get ready for half term, we are once again working with our partners South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue and Yorkshire Ambulance service to run operation Dark Nights.

Halloween and Bonfire night can be an enjoyable time of the year, but for some people the festivities alongside the dark evenings can make them feel vulnerable. We know that this time of the year can cause particular concerns around antisocial behaviour in communities. We are asking you to be tolerant around this time as there may be more people on the streets in the evening, enjoying the celebrations, but there is nothing to suggest that antisocial behaviour increases at this time of the year.

Our campaign this year will focus on the demand on our emergency services during the Halloween and Bonfire period, as our call handlers tend to see a spike in calls over this period. Please think before calling 999 or 101 and keep our resources free for genuine emergencies.

We know that being a victim of antisocial behaviour can be distressing and we take all reports seriously. However, there are many different types of antisocial behaviour and not all of them are dealt with by the police:

Police responsibility 

  • dealing/taking drugs and alcohol in the street
  • gangs and youths drinking in parks
  • harassment or intimidation
  • hoax call to emergency services
  • lighting of fires
  • misuse of fireworks
  • intimidating dogs
  • nuisance neighbours
  • prostitution and indecent behaviour
  • vandalism

Council responsibility 

  • abandoned vehicles
  • dead animals
  • fly posting
  • fly tipping
  • graffiti removal
  • littering
  • lost or stray dogs
  • noise nuisance
  • syringes or needles
  • waste on land

If your call is for us and is an emergency please call 999, and for non emergencies please consider reporting online, before calling 101. Click here to report online. Your incident will be dealt with in exactly the same way as if you called 101.

If you would rather not be bothered by trick or treaters this Halloween you can download our poster to display in your window. Click here to download our poster.

We've also created a colouring sheet to keep younger children occupied during the holidays. You can share these with us on our Twitter page @syptweet using #DarkNights. Click here to download our colouring sheet.

Follow us on Twitter @syptweet and Facebook South Yorkshire Police, for updates throughout the Dark Nights period.