POSTERS have been produced by South Yorkshire Police for residents to display on their door and windows to prevent unwanted trick or treaters calling over the Halloween period.
Police chiefs gearing up for the traditional annual hike in calls from residents complaining about unwanted callers over Halloween and Bonfire Night have produced the posters, in the hope they will deter people from knocking on doors where residents do not want to be disturbed.
The police force has also joined forces with South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue and councils to provide activities to keep young people busy over the period, in a bid to keep them off the streets and out of trouble.
Extra police patrols have also been ordered on the county’s streets to deter groups of mischievous youths from causing trouble.
Chief Inspector Colin McFarlane said: “We know people are concerned about teenagers hanging around on the streets in their area.
“We know young people can get up to mischief when they have nothing to do, so if your kids are getting bored of the dark nights log on to our website to find out exactly what is going on in your area.
“Halloween and bonfire night are exciting times for kids, but we know not everyone is as enthusiastic and we have a responsibility to make sure we make our communities feel safe.
“We have provided this poster so those who don’t wish to be disturbed by trick or treaters can display it – I ask if you are out trick or treating and you see the poster in somebody’s window then please don’t disturb them.
“We know anti-social behaviour can have an impact on how safe and secure people feel and as a force we are committed to tackling it.”
A force spokesman said: “We know people are concerned about teenagers hanging around on the streets.
“We know young people can get up to mischief when they have nothing to do.”
In Sheffield, police are running free football sessions for children.
In Rotherham, activities on offer include a fright night movies night at Kiveton Youth Centre on Sunday.
Herringthorpe Youth Centre and Winterhill Youth Centre are hosting Halloween parties on Wednesday and there will be a community party and Halloween events on the Hepworth Drive estate on Wednesday, from 1pm to 4pm.
n For full details, visit South Yorkshire Police