Weekly Crime Summary 26 October 2016

People celebrating Halloween across Norfolk this year are being urged to keep their tricks within the law and show respect to residents as police step-up patrols across the county.

We’re asking trick-or-treaters to please be mindful that some of our more vulnerable residents can find this a distressing time of year and having people knocking on their door after dark can be a scary experience.  We would ask everyone to respect the wishes of those who choose not to celebrate this occasion.

Officers have this advice to enjoy a good Halloween:

  • Never go trick or treating alone or split up from your friends.
  • Always check with your parents or carer first.
  • Only go to houses where you or your friends know who lives there.
  • Don’t go into any houses – always stay on the doorstep.
  • Don’t talk to strangers on the street.
  • Stay in well-lit areas and carry a torch.
  • Take care when crossing roads – it may be hard to see so well in a costume.
  • Although Halloween is about looking spooky, be careful not to frighten the elderly.
  • Eggs & flour make a mess & most shops won’t sell them to under-16s over Halloween.

We remind those taking part to only knock on doors of people you know and where it’s clear you are welcome. Halloween posters are available to download from the Norfolk Police websites for members of the public to display, indicating whether they welcome trick or treaters. These can be downloaded from: https://www.norfolk.police.uk/news/latest-news/dont-be-little-monster-halloween.

Any activity which causes deliberate fear or alarm is considered as anti-social behaviour and should be reported to us.  If you do have any concerns during Halloween please call 101 for non-emergency assistance or dial 999 in an emergency.

Residents urged to think ahead as clocks go back for winter

Police are urging people not to make their house ‘an easy target’ for burglars this winter as the clocks go back this weekend.

As darkness descends ever earlier in the evening, Great Yarmouth Police are urging people to take precautions to keep themselves, their family and their homes safe.

Leaving your house in complete darkness is a clear sign to burglars that it may be empty, and with the sun setting before most people get home from work during the winter, it’s important you take steps to deter thieves.

If no-one is going to be in when darkness falls, consider leaving a light on, especially if you’re going away for a few days, or invest in a timer so that your lights come on automatically at certain times to give the impression that someone is in.

Other simple steps such as ensuring all the windows and doors are locked when you go out, as well as keeping valuables out of sight and away from letterboxes – or anywhere else that is easily accessible – are key to helping to prevent burglaries. It’s also important to put in place measures such as burglar alarms and security lighting if possible.

If you notice any suspicious activity or have information about crime being committed please call 101 or if you believe a crime is in progress you are urged to call the police immediately on 999.

News, appeals and information can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.norfolk.police.uk 

Thank you.

Message from Chief Inspector Nathan Clark

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