If you don’t want trick or treaters at your door, West Midlands Police has produced this poster (see below) that you can download and stick to your door or window. Or you can log onto its new Flikr site and download one.
Superintendent Alex Murray said: “We want young people to have an enjoyable and safe Halloween, and to remember that some people may feel intimidated by trick or treaters at their door – no matter how harmless young people think their actions might be.
“Halloween can be a frightening time of year for some elderly citizens and we are committed to making this group feel safer.”
Police advise that anyone worried about trick or treaters should try to arrange to visit a friend or relative or invite someone to sit with you so you are not alone.
If you are very worried, or have experienced problems before and will be home alone during Halloween, you can call West Midlands Police on their non-emergency number (0345 113 5000) before the night. You are welcome to ask if your local neighbourhood officers can pay particular attention to your street while on patrol.
If you are home alone and do not have anyone who can sit with you, consider the following advice:
1. Always put the chain on the door before opening it
2. Ask all callers at the door for identification
3. If you’re unsure about the caller, call a neighbour and ask them to come round to help you
4. Do not let the caller into your house while you’re checking their identity – if they’re genuine they will wait
5. If you’re still unsure or feel uncomfortable in any way, don’t answer the door
6. If a caller is threatening in any way call the police immediately