Halloween Safety Campaign in Winchester

Press Release: 26/10/2010

As the pumpkins go out and the sparklers are lit, Winchester Community Safety Partnership (WCSP) will be working to make sure that there are more treats than tricks this Halloween.

Throughout October, members of WCSP will be working together to promote safe ways to trick or treat and to use fireworks. A variety of tools and engagement opportunities will be used by the Partnership to try and reduce the negative impact that Halloween and the incorrect use of fireworks can have on the wider community.

Examples of some of the measures that will be put in place are listed below:

School visits - members of Hampshire Constabulary and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service will be visiting schools to talk to Key Stage 3 students about anti social behaviour, firework safety and safe trick or treating

Environmental Visual Audits (EVAs) - throughout October partners will be completing EVAs to identify for removal, any large amounts of materials that are being used for unofficial bonfires.

Work with local shops - members of WCSP will visit local shops to encourage them to display posters advising customers that they will not sell eggs or flour to young people.

'No trick or treating' posters - posters will be produced and distributed to residents to display in their property. To download a copy of this poster to display please refer to the related documents. Special Patrols- members of WCSP will be out on special patrols on 31st October and 5-7th November engaging with young people and offering reassurance to communities.

For further details please contact the Community Safety Team at communitysafety@winchester.gov.uk or telephone 01962 848 423.