GHOSTS AND ghouls are set to hit the streets of Cambridgeshire on Wednesday (October 31) as children across the county celebrate Hallowe'en.
For police the event is usually a busy night as calls increase with reports of anti-social behaviour.
Last year (2011) between 5pm and 10pm the force received 262 '999' calls, compared with 168 over the same period one week prior.
Police are urging all children taking part in the festivities to behave themselves and stay safe.
To avoid confusion over whether or not a household is taking part in Hallowe'en, police are issuing 'no trick or treat' posters, which can be downloaded from the force website – http://www.cambs.police.uk/
The posters can be displayed in windows and doorways and say 'sorry – no trick or treat here thank you'.
The plea comes as part of the force's Get Closer campaign which aims to reduce anti-social behaviour.
In Cambridge and the surrounding areas there will be additional officers on patrol to deal with any potential problems.
Officers will be visiting local shops and offering advice about selling flour and eggs to children during the build-up to Hallowe'en.
Sue Loaker, community safety officer, said: "We will be increasing patrols on the evening to ensure minimal disruption.
"Posters are available and are being handed out to the public and shop owners. We have already noticed an issue in Soham with reports of fireworks going off in public areas and this is being addressed with extra patrols.
"We want everyone taking part to enjoy themselves but not at the expense of others."
Officers in Fenland and Huntingdon have already been handing out the 'no trick or treat' posters and there will be increased patrols across the districts.
Julie Hanrahan, community safety officer, said: "If children see the 'no trick or treat' posters I would urge them not to knock on the door and if people say they are not interested to respect that."
In Peterborough, officers will be re-launching Operation Brightspark to tackle anti-social behaviour involving fireworks and Hallowe'en.
Sergeant Stuart Saunders said: "Officers will be carrying out extra patrols over the Hallowe'en and fireworks night period.
"Operation Brightspark will see an extra 18 officers on the beat dedicated to dealing with anti-social behaviour issues.
"It is important to remember that although this time of year can be a fun time, others can find it frightening and intimidating. We urge people to respect the 'no trick or treat' posters."
For further safety advice contact your local community safety department or your local policing team on 101.
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