Residents in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are being reminded to ‘Celebrate Safely’ this Halloween and only call 999 in an emergency.
Superintendent Steve Durrant, who leads the Contact Management Department, said: “We know that for many, Halloween is a fun celebration, but we don’t want the actions of some to cause unnecessary alarm to others.
“We would ask anyone trick or treating to respect people’s wishes and only go where they are welcome. While some actions may appear harmless, they can cause distress. We ask that they don’t play tricks on people that cause them to report it to the police.
“The force has a poster available to download for those who wish to say a polite ‘No thanks’ message to any trick or treaters on their door or window and we would ask that this is respected by everyone.
“We would also ask that people only call 999 in an emergency as inappropriate use can impact on our ability to help those at greatest risk of harm. Non-emergency incidents can be reported by calling 101.”
Leicestershire Police Control Room deals with non-emergency reports of crime and antisocial behaviour in the same way whether you report it online or call 101.
To report online go to www.leics.police.uk and choose the Report button on our home page.