If you do not want to be disturbed by trick or treaters this Halloween, download and print out a copy of the “No Trick Or Treat” poster by Hampshire Constabulary to display by your front door.
Every year Hampshire Constabulary’s force control room receives calls from people who have been frightened or disturbed by trick or treaters in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Some advice for the elderly or vulnerable members of our community staying home this Halloween:
- If you do not know who is calling at your house, you do not need to open the door.
- Try to see who is at the door by looking through a spy hole or window before opening the door.
- If you have a chain on your door – keep this in place when opening the door.
- If you feel threatened in your home, please contact the police.
Police advice to children and their parents is to be mindful that some of the more vulnerable or elderly members of the community do not wish to participate in Halloween activities and in fact may feel intimidated by groups of people calling at their doors.
Hampshire Constabulary has prepared some advice for children and their parents:
- If your child is going outside in a costume – make sure they are wearing reflective clothing or add reflective tape to their clothes.
- Carry a torch and consider road safety at all times.
- If your child is going out trick or treating – make sure they go out in a group, preferably accompanied by an adult.
- Older children should let you know where they are going and what time they will be back.
- Children should carry a mobile phone in a pocket or bag.
- Make sure your children know not to enter anyone’s house or to accept lifts from strangers.
Applications are open until the 4th March to those aged 14-25 in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to become a member of the Youth Commission. The Youth Commission makes young people part of the solution to tackling crime and policing issues that are of most concern to them.
The Youth Commission currently consists of 25 members who provide opportunities for young people to inform, support and challenge the Police and Crime Commissioner’s work.
Simon Hayes, Police and Crime Commissioner, said:
“I set up the Youth Commission because I believe it’s important to take young peoples’ views into account. They are the future and will drive social change. I encourage any young person, including those who have direct experience of the police and justice systems to apply.”
Youth Commission members identify what issues affect young people in their area and gather their opinions. They then tackle these issues by raising awareness at events and via campaigns. Members will also make recommendations for change to the Police and Crime Commissioner and suggest solutions to their priority issues.
Find out more here
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight’s Youth Commission is running a ‘Lethal Highs’ campaign to raise awareness of the risks associated with taking New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), so young people can make informed and safe choices.
Simon Hayes said
“With the number of deaths related to these substances increasing year on year, it is unsurprising that they are of great concern to young people. A clear message needs to be sent out that that just because these substances are being sold as legal, as a result of a loophole in the law, this doesn’t mean they are safe.”
Louis Faith from the Youth Commission said:
“I feel that NPS are more of a ‘gateway’ drug than any another substance. There are so many different types and just a small amount could harm your body because of all the bad chemicals they contain. I hope the Lethal Highs campaign will discourage young people from taking them.”
To find out more about ‘Lethal Highs’ follow the campaign on Twitter at #lethalhighs or find out more on their campaign page
A great little message from Hampshire Constabulary to teenagers on dealing with sexting and nude selfies:
Is someone you’re speaking to online asking you to send nude selfies or sexual pics, or asking you to do things you feel uncomfortable to do? Pressuring, threatening or pushing someone to send sexual pics online is wrong!!
Did you know? It is an offence for any person to take, share or possess any sexual or nude image of a person U18
So what if you are U18?
- U18 and taking nude/sexual pics of yourself = offence
- U18 and having nude/sexual pics of yourself or others U18 on your phone/device = offence
- U18 and sending or sharing nude/sexual pics of yourslf or others U18 = offence
Remember: You don’t need to be an adult to commit sexual offences online – a criminal record can impact your future employment and freedom to travel abroad
Think before you take or send nude pics … why not send something else? Download the Zipit or Send this Instead app!! Each app gives you killer comebacks and top tips to help stay in control online!!