Poster aims to ward off evil spirits on Halloween
YOU DON'T have to be quaking in fear this Halloween as ghosts and little monsters come calling, say police.
Devon and Cornwall Police have once again launched their 'No Trick' No Treat' poster campaign which allows those uninterested in the spooky tradition to opt out by means of a clear poster message.
The bright orange posters bearing the words No Trick, No Treat, No Thanks are being delivered to residents in different areas by neighbourhood teams over the next few weeks. Residents can also collect them from the city's police stations.
Historically, police say the week running from October 31 through to Bonfire Night on November 5 is one of the busiest policing weeks of the year.
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Sarah German, Plymouth Crime Prevention Officer, said: "Behind these posters there can a be family with small children who want to protect their youngsters from the scary masks and fancy dress or a person who does not celebrate the festivities or someone who just wants a quiet night in with the soaps.
"We would ask those out celebrating to respect those people who put up these polite signs.
"We're going into schools over the coming weeks to remind youngsters of the signs, but also encourage them to stay safe.
"If children are walking about at night in dark outfits, they need to remember that car drivers can't see them as clearly.
"We would encourage them to go to well lit areas, watch out for traffic and if you are wearing a mask make sure you can see where you are going and are aware of your surrounds.
"Ideally, children who go out trick or treating should always go with an adult and to houses of people you know and who are happy for you to call on them.
"We want youngsters to have fun and enjoy themselves, but we would like trick or treaters to recognise that some people, particularly if elderly or vulnerable, might be distressed by strangers knocking at their door during the evening." Police have been working in partnership with Plymouth Against Retail Crime (PARC) and local Cooperative shops who will be making the posters available in their stores.
The posters can also be obtained from local police teams or from Charles Cross station between 8am and 10pm and Crownhill station which open Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 7pm and Saturday between 9am and 2pm.