At the start of what is traditionally one of the busiest periods of the year for incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour, Lewisham Borough Police along with Lewisham Council and the London Fire Brigade will be working to make sure Halloween and Bonfire Night are enjoyed responsibly and safely.
Operation Autumn Nights will see an increased visible policing presence around the borough to deter anti-social behaviour, disorder and crime. Lewisham Council staff are also busy identifying potential fire hazards so that they are removed immediately. The London Fire Brigade will be patrolling areas where there have been instances of street arson, e.g. people setting fire to bins, or dumped mattresses.
Lewisham Council will also be checking that shops are not selling fireworks illegally to minors, and also to ensure that the fireworks being sold meet safety standards.
Lewisham Police along with Lewisham Council are asking those that do decide to go trick or treating to respect the wishes of householders and to think about which doors they knock on, and not to knock where they see a ‘No Trick or Treat’ poster on display.
Householders can download the a ‘No Trick or Treat’ poster from this page
When trick or treating it’s good to follow the ‘Halloween Code‘:
- Always go trick or treating with an adult.
- Only go to houses where you or your friends know the residents.
- Don’t knock on doors where there is a ‘No Trick or Treat’ sign.
- Stay in areas that are well lit with street lights – take a torch with you just in case.
- Stay with your friends – don’t split into smaller groups.
- Don’t talk to strangers on the street.
- Don’t enter any houses – stay on the doorstep.
- Be careful not to frighten vulnerable people especially the elderly.
- Be visible.
- Look carefully before crossing the road, even if you’re part of a group.
- Don’t vandalise anything or throw things like eggs and flour. This can cause a great deal of damage and misery. What’s more it can be classed as criminal damage, or even assault, and a night of ‘fun’ could end up with you in trouble with the police.