Call for safety and responsibility over the Halloween weekend

Halloween will only be fun if it is conducted in a safe and responsible manner.
Halloween will only be fun if it is conducted in a safe and responsible manner.

HAVE FUN AND ENJOY yourselves – but stay safe is the message being transmitted by police in Moray this weekend.

Without being killjoys, local police are reminding people that Halloween is for fun – and not an excuse for anti-social behaviour.

Parents are being asked to ensure the Halloween weekend passes safely for their children by doing everything possible to avoid irresponsible behaviour.

Patrols throughout the region will be stepped up with Chief Inspector Murray Main appealing for parents, youths and community groups to assist in making this year’s festivities safe and fun.

And his message is not only for parents and children but anyone wishing to join in in the fun.

Chief Inspector Main said: “Halloween should be a fun and family-oriented time of year. Unfortunately, it is also a busy time of the year for emergency services. It is not uncommon to see increased reports of anti-social behaviour, excessive drunkenness and disorder.

“I would ask parents to make sure they know the whereabouts of their children and to make sure they are not spoiling the fun for others, causing a nuisance, committing anti-social behaviour or damaging property.

“Measures are being taken to ensure incidents of any kind, do not escalate during the Halloween period. High visibility patrols will be operating in communities right across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray to prevent crime and deter anti-social behaviour.

“What might seem like a prank to some may actually really frighten or upset others.

“We will do everything we can to ensure those involved in any type of unacceptable behaviour, are held to account for their actions. We hope that with the support of parents, retailers, license trade and communities themselves, we can work together and help make Halloween safe and enjoyable.

“Individuals are also being urged to pay close attention to their own personal safety.

“We are asking that those choosing to celebrate stay in well-lit areas, ensure you can be seen, even consider carrying a torch. It will be dark and it is vital to stay visible so passing traffic can see you.”