Pumpkin-carving, fancy dress and spectacular firework displays; Halloween and Bonfire Night are often highlights in the family calendar. But with a small minority seeing the autumnal events as an excuse act in an antisocial manner, the period can leave many in our communities feeling anxious, intimidated and fearful.
That’s why this year, South Wales Police will again be supporting Op BANG, helping our communities to enjoy the festivities safely while asking them to remember that Halloween and Bonfire night are Not Fun For Everyone.
The period is traditionally extremely busy for the emergency services and our officers will continue to be visible in our communities in the run up to, and during, the festivities to help prevent and detect antisocial behaviour and disorder.
Our neighbourhood teams will also be working closely with local authority partners and retailers and during the next few weeks, and our Schools Liaison Officers and partner agencies will be visiting schools throughout the force area to educate pupils on the dangers of fireworks and bonfires as well as the consequences of antisocial behaviour.
Superintendent Mark Brier, force lead for antisocial behaviour, said:
“The last 18 months or so has been particularly difficult for us all, and it’s understandable that many people will be looking forward to celebrating Halloween and Bonfire Night with their families.
“We want to work with our communities to ensure they can do so safely and we have officers out and about helping to educate, reassure and keep our communities safe.
“But I would also urge people to be mindful that the period is Not Fun For Everyone; there are vulnerable people in our communities for whom Halloween and Bonfire Night brings added stress, anxiety and fear and they have every right to feel safe in their homes and out in their communities.
“We’ve created handy posters for people to display in their windows; if you see one please respect their request to be left alone.
“I’d also urge parents to take an interest in their children’s plans to ensure they’re acting responsibility and not risking falling foul of the law. The consequences of antisocial behaviour and criminality can have a lasting impact on a young person’s life, and on those affected by their actions.”
Demand on emergency services rises significantly during the Halloween and Bonfire period. To help us keep our lines free for those who need us most, please ensure you’re contacting the most relevant agency and using the most appropriate means of contact.
Concerns around antisocial behaviour and public safety is a matter for the police. If not an emergency, you can contact us via the following means: