Dark Nights

It’s that time of year again, when the clocks go back, it’s cold outside and night’s are drawing in. That must mean one thing, it’s Halloween.

We are working with partners to encourage people to enjoy a safe Halloween, and Bonfire Night.

With the launch of the annual ‘Dark Nights’ campaign we want to encourage people to enjoy this period safely and respect that not everybody wants to be involved in the festivities.

We have produced a ‘no trick or treaters’ poster for people to display in their homes if they don’t want to be disturbed by trick or treaters.  If you would like a poster to display in your window, click here.

Don’t be bored of the dark nights

We have worked with our partners to provide young people something to do during this period and the dark winter evenings to ensure they are not bored.

To find out what is happening in your area, click on the links below.

Barnsley

Doncaster

Rotherham

Sheffield

Keeping Safe

We want everybody to have a safe and enjoyable Halloween and Bonfire night, so please follow the advice below to prevent you from becoming a victim of crime.

  • If you do not wish to be disturbed on Halloween then please display the South Yorkshire Police "no trick or treaters" poster in your window and/or on your door. This will let those people who are out and about taking part in the festivities know that you do not wish to be disturbed. Click here for your copy.
     
  • If you are you taking your child/children out trick or treating or to a bonfire display, make sure you leave your home secure. An opportunist thief will be looking for empty homes so make it look like you are at home by using light-timers and make sure no valuables are on display.
     
  • If you go out in your car, make sure you don’t leave it parked with anything inside. Car thieves will break-in for just some loose change or a jacket.
     
  • Please be aware that during Halloween, and the nights running up to it, calls to police, especially in relation to antisocial behaviour, can be significantly higher than normal. This may increase the call answering times.
     
  • THINK - do you really need to call the police? Calls for service are generally higher around this time of year so please consider if it is the police, you really need and just how important is it?
     
  • If you do need to call the police, make sure you call the right number.  Only call 999 in an emergency – if crime is in progress or life is at risk. For non-emergencies, call 101.