We know that not everyone welcomes trick or treaters to their homes on Halloween so you can download and print a poster to make this clear to anyone trick or treating.
If you don't have access to a printer, you can also visit your local police station and our team will be happy to print a poster for you.
We'll have high-visibility patrols in place across the county and officers will move on anyone causing anti-social behaviour or intimidating members of the public.
Whilst it is usually just a small minority of people who spoil celebrations with pranks that cause criminal damage or intimidation, incidents of anti-social behaviour won’t be tolerated.
We’re also expecting an increase in demand on our phone lines and we would ask you to help us and only call 999 in a genuine emergency.
Our staff work extremely hard to ensure that those who need help quickly receive it, but if phone lines are busy, please bear with us and consider using our call back function if it’s not an emergency.
Emergency 999 calls will always take priority, and during times of increased demand, those who are calling 101 to report non-emergencies may have to wait longer.
Nuisance, accidental or misdirected calls may stop us from getting help for a vulnerable person in need so we would also ask you to think twice before picking up the phone and ringing us on 999 if it is not an emergency.
So, when should you call 999?
Here, Inspector Dan Spence, from our Force Control Room, explains:
“If there’s an immediate risk to life or a crime in progress you should always call 999 but if it’s not, there are other routes we would ask you to use.
“If you’re reporting an incident which isn’t an emergency and/or has already happened, then using our website to report it or calling 101 instead of 999 would be a preferred option.
“The report is handled no differently whether you report it online via our website or if you call 101, and the investigation does not alter.
“Our website can also be used if you want to provide information about an incident which has already happened or about an ongoing issue within your community – such as drug dealing or anti-social behaviour.
“There are also a number of issues which are not a policing matter such as noise complaints; nuisance parking; civil disputes; animal and wildlife problems; roadworks; road closures and diversions; and fly tipping.
“And in this instance, we would ask for you to direct your enquiry to the appropriate agency, helping us keep our 999 lines clear for time critical emergencies.
“The advice and information page on our website has a useful menu which outlines which agency you should contact for each issue – just search for ‘advice and information’.”
However you are spending this evening we hope that you have a safe and enjoyable one.
If you would like to discourage trick-or-treaters from coming to your home, or the home of a loved one or vulnerable neighbour, you can download and print the poster below to display in your windows or front door.
You can also pop into any of our police stations today and our team will happily print a poster for you.