There was very little monstrous behaviour in the Humberside force area this Halloween – and where a small minority acted in a way that was more trick than treat, we acted swiftly to deal with them.
Across East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, we received 42 reports of Halloween related antisocial behaviour between 4pm on Wednesday, October 31 and 7am this morning.
The calls related to groups of young people throwing eggs or flour and smashing pumpkins. There were also a small number of calls about youths misusing fireworks.
Where this has happened, our teams caught up with the people responsible and warned them about their behaviour. Some were also taken home and spoken to them in front of their parents.
Superintendent Dave Hall said: “The vast majority of people we met out and about last night were getting into the spirit of the occasion and it was great to see everyone coming together to enjoy themselves.
“However, we know the impact that antisocial behaviour can have on people – particularly those who are elderly or vulnerable.
“That’s why we arranged our shift patterns to have additional officers out on the streets last night and joined forces with the local councils and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service to deal with any issues that arose as quickly as possible.
“There were a small minority who used it as an opportunity to act inappropriately, for example by throwing eggs and flour at windows and cars. Where we have had issues we’ve made sure the caller is okay and dealt with the people responsible.
“This isn’t just harmless fun. Throwing eggs at cars could easily cause an accident and having things thrown at your windows or people repeatedly banging on your door can genuinely scare people."
Now we’re turning our focus to keeping you safe and making sure you have fun over the Bonfire Night weekend.
Here are our top tips:
- If you’re walking to a bonfire party, make sure you can be easily seen. Take a torch with you and wear something reflective – particularly if your coat is black.
- Younger children should always be accompanied by an adult.
- If you’re all heading out, don’t make it obvious your home’s empty as it may be a target for burglars. Leave your valuables out of sight.
- Make sure you don’t leave your windows and doors open or unlocked while you’re out in the garden watching the fireworks. It only takes a second to sneak in and grab a phone or handbag.
- If you’re travelling to an event in your car, make sure you don’t leave anything on display that could tempt a thief to target your vehicle.
Supt Hall added: “My final plea is for people to get in touch if they do experience problems, so that we can deal with it as quickly as possible.
“If there is something happening in your area please let us know about it, by calling 101 or 999 if someone is in immediate danger
“It is likely to be busy, so please bear with us if you can’t get through straight away. It’s really important that you let us know, so we can make sure our teams are in the right area at the right time.”
If you have concerns about crime or antisocial behaviour in your area, please speak to your local policing team, call 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.