Be Safe this Halloween

Published: Thursday 26th October 17

Wandsworth residents are being urged to keep themselves safe this Halloween.

Reports of anti-social behaviour tend to increase around this time of year. Overall the number of reports are still low, but Halloween can be a source of fear or distress for householders, and can become potentially dangerous for children.

Wandsworth Council’s Community Safety Team is working with Wandsworth police on a major autumn campaign called Be Safe. The campaign’s focus is on preventing crime - especially burglary and moped crime – and is warning people about the dangers around some of the events that happen at this time of year such as Bonfire Night and Halloween.

Posters, leaflets and social media posts will provide advice on how to stay safe during Halloween, and Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be stepping up patrols to nab offenders and provide reassurance to residents.

  • Halloween crime prevention tips for children include
  • Don't knock on doors displaying a 'No trick or Treat' sign.
  • Always go trick or treating with an adult.
  • Plan your route - only go to places where you and your friends know the residents.
  • Keep visible - stay in areas that are well lit and take a torch. Don't talk to strangers on the street.
  • Don't go inside any house.
  • Be careful crossing the road.
Download a leaflet on Halloween safety

Householders who do not want to receive Halloween callers can download a ‘no trick or treat’ sign from Facebook.

For more information on the Be Safe campaign, click here.

Find out how to contact the Community Safety Team.

Get updates throughout the campaign, including information about moped safety and bike marking events, via the council’s twitter feed. On social media search for the hashtag #BeSafe.

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Nextdoor ( has a handy Halloween map where you can indicate whether or not you're happy for trick or treaters to call.
Chloe Benson

27 October 2017