Youth related disorder in Uckfield will be targeted on Halloween by Sussex Police as part of Operation Blitz.
The ‘op’ usually runs on a Friday and Saturday evenings but will also take place tomorrow (Thursday, October 31) when police expect to see an increase of teens/groups heading out trick or treating.
The Blitz mobile number – 07770 700642 (remains unchanged) will be in use from 4pm to 10pm should you witness any anti-social behaviour, or youth related disorder.
Friday and Saturday patrols remain, please use the above number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 4pm and 10pm every Friday and Saturday.
Posters are available for people to display in their window advising whether the household welcomes, or does not welcome, trick or treaters.
The link to the posters is here.
Sussex Police has promised to act swiftly to disperse groups of people causing trouble, adding: “Sussex Police will not tolerate any anti-social behaviour at any time of the year.”
Important note: The Operation Blitz phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident.
Sussex Police has also issued the following advice for Trick and Treaters and residents.
For Trick or Treaters
- Young children should always be accompanied by an adult. Older children should make sure an adult knows the area they plan to visit and what time they’ll be back
- Stay in well-lit areas where there are plenty of houses
- Keep to pavements and cross roads carefully
- Consider calling only at houses where you know the occupants, rather than strangers.
- Explain how vulnerable people can be frightened by an unexpected group calling at their door on a dark evening.
- Respect the privacy and wishes of people who do not want to take part in trick or treat – observe the ‘No Trick or Treaters please’ posters people may display in doors or windows.
Residents are advised to continue to be vigilant when opening the door to strangers or unexpected callers.
If you feel unsafe:
- Don’t open your door if you’re unsure who is there. Use your spyhole, look out of a window, and use your door chain if you do decide to open your door.
- Have a contact number of a close relative or good neighbour to hand by your telephone, just in case you need to phone them.
- If you are part of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, let your coordinator know that you will be on your own at Halloween. If you are a coordinator, please identity people in your scheme that may be vulnerable and offer them reassurance.
- If you are prepared to receive Trick or Treaters, switch on your outside light and remove any trip hazards. If you set lanterns outside your front door with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that costumes won’t accidentally be set on fire.
- If you are driving on the evening of the 31st, remember that excited children may be crossing the road unexpectedly, so slow down in residential areas and take extra care.