RESPECT, protect, and enjoy. That’s the message from Dyfed-Powys Police as officers urge people to celebrate Halloween safely.
The force has launched Operation Bang 2020, asking people to think differently about the way they mark Halloween this year.
With restrictions in place due to Covid-19, and some areas under local lockdown, officers are encouraging people to respect their neighbours, protect emergency services by reducing demand, and enjoy celebrations at home.
Inspector Justin Evans of the Crime and Harm Reduction Unit said: “You might be familiar with Op Bang, which is an annual operation aimed at keeping people safe over Halloween and bonfire night. This year, while our policing focus remains firmly on tackling antisocial behaviour and keeping people safe, our message is a little bit different given the unusual circumstances we’ve found ourselves in.
“We’re asking people to consider celebrating at home instead of going out and about, respecting that there are people who find Halloween distressing at the best of times, and who might find that the uncertainty of the current situation has heightened these feelings of anxiety.
“We also ask that you do your best to keep yourself and your family safe to prevent adding pressure to the emergency services during already busy times.”
Carving pumpkins, making crafts, and creating a spooky trail around your house or garden are all ways to celebrate Halloween at home with younger children.
While older children and teenagers might still want to meet up with friends, parents are urged to keep track of their plans, remind them to consider the consequences of their actions, and be mindful of lockdown restrictions.
“Fortunately, the majority of communities we police don’t experience a great increase in crime at this time of year, but there can always be one or two people who spoil it for everyone else,” Insp Evans said.
“We don’t want anyone’s enjoyment to get out of hand and cause distress or harm to others.
“By working together we can have a safe and enjoyable Halloween.”
For Halloween craft ideas and ways to celebrate at home, check out the Dyfed-Powys Police Pinterest page.