Met Police has provided these essential tips ahead of expected spike in anti-social behaviour

PUBLISHED: 10:01 21 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:01 21 October 2016

Met Police is stepping up patrols ahead of half term, Halloween and Bonfire Night

Met Police is stepping up patrols ahead of half term, Halloween and Bonfire Night


Anti-social behaviour increases around half term, according to Met Police

Met Police has issued safety advice ahead of its seasonal Halloween and Bonfire Night crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

According to the force, ASB does ‘typically increase around the period of half term, Halloween and Bonfire Night’.

Last year the two weeks between Halloween and Bonfire Night saw a 31 per cent rise in incidents compared to the preceding fortnight.

Officers are also preparing to deal with any ‘Killer clowns’ walking the streets trying to scare people.

‘Operation Autumn Nights’ will see safer neighbourhood officers work with othre agencies to carry out patrols in a bid to tackle ASB and crime.

Both uniformed and plain clothed officers will be used as part of the operation.

“All 32 London boroughs have a local plan in place, drawing together experience and successful tactics from previous years as well as managing planned events in their areas, focusing our resources in the right places and working closely and continually with our partners and communities” commented chief superintendent Jason Gwillim.

“I would like to stress that our operations are not aimed at demonising young people, the large majority of whom behave safely and responsibly. However those intent on committing crime and anti-social behaviour will face the consequences.”

The Met also offered the following safety advice.

This Halloween follow these safety tips:

- Don’t knock on doors displaying a ‘No trick or Treat’ sign.

- Always go trick or treating with an adult.

- Plan your route - only go to places where you and your friends know the residents.

- Keep visible - stay in areas that are well lit and take a torch.

- Don’t talk to strangers on the street.

- Don’t go inside any house.

- Be careful crossing the road.

- Although Halloween is supposed to be spooky, be careful not to frighten vulnerable people.

Remember, remember, on the 5th November:

- You must be over 18 to buy fireworks.

- It is illegal to possess fireworks in a public place if you’re under 18.

- It is an offence to throw or let-off a firework in a street or public place.

- If you let off fireworks between 23:00 and 07:00hrs, you will be breaking the law (except on Bonfire Night when it extends to midnight).

- Don’t forget your pets; keep them safe indoors.

You must be over 18 to buy fireworks and it is an offence to throw or let-off a firework in a street or public place. Our advice is to go to a publically organised firework display and enjoy the spectacle without the safety concerns of organising your own event.

Keeping your home safe:

- Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes.

- Make sure UPVC doors are properly locked with a key.

- Make sure the side and/or back gate is locked.

- Lock your shed or garage

- Make sure that any valuables are out of sight.

- Leave some lights on if it will be dark before you get home.

- Don’t leave your car keys or ID documents near doors, windows or your letterbox.

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