Police patrols have been stepped up across South Yorkshire as officers prepare for a traditional increase in complaints of anti-social behaviour in the run up to Halloween and Bonfire Night.
South Yorkshire Police hope the extra patrols will deter youths from becoming embroiled in trouble.
Undercover officers will be travelling on buses and trams looking for troublesome youths.
Officers are planning to visit shops to ensure nobody is selling fireworks to underage customers.
Police and partners have also organised activities to keep youths busy in the hope of keeping them out of trouble.
Superintendent Colin McFarlane said: “Anti-social behaviour can have an impact on the quality of life for people living within our communities and we are committed to tackling this issue. We are keen to ensure that we make our communities feel safe.
“We are aware that the Halloween and Bonfire Night period are exciting times for kids, but not everyone wishes to be involved and we know that often when people see teenagers hanging around on the streets they become concerned.
“We have created a flyer for people who do not wish to be disturbed by trick or treaters that they can download from the force website to display in their windows.
“We want people to safely enjoy Halloween and Bonfire Night and be considerate to other members of their community.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright said: “The force sometimes see a rise in incidents of anti-social behaviour at this time of year, and the ‘Bored of the dark nights?’ initiative is one of the ways South Yorkshire Police and other authorities are working together to reduce these kinds of problems.”
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