28 October 2008>
The Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership is working hard to ensure that this year's Halloween festivities are a pleasant experience for all of the borough's residents.
Caerphilly Council's Community Safety Wardens, Trading Standards Department and CCTV operators are working in partnership with colleagues at Gwent Police and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service in the run up to Halloween to tackle community safety concerns throughout the borough.
Halloween can often be the time of year that elderly and vulnerable people feel most uneasy – high visibility patrols by Gwent Police officers and Caerphilly Council's Community Safety Wardens, will help to both deter anti social behaviour by youths and also to provide reassurance to the borough's more vulnerable residents.
Parents are also encouraged to ensure that they know where their children are this Halloween and to talk to them about how to respect people and their property.
Trading Standards have also been working with Gwent Police to encourage retailers to screen the sales of products such as flour and eggs in the run up to Halloween to prevent potential anti social behaviour from occurring.
For those residents who do not wish to be visited by trick-or-treaters on Halloween, posters are available to download from the Gwent Police website: www.gwent.police.uk - these should be printed out and displayed prominently in the window of the premises to warn tick-or-treaters that they are not welcome.
Community Safety Manager, Howard Rees said, "We at Caerphilly Council are working with our partners at Gwent Police, and will be proactively taking to the streets to deal with a minority of people who may behave anti-socially and to reassure our more vulnerable residents, who may feel uneasy at this time of the year.
I'm hopeful that with increased awareness of anti social behaviour issues, as well as the additional patrols we can minimise disruption and ensure that all our residents have an enjoyable time."
Cabinet Member for Social Services, Cllr. Judith Pritchard, said, "Unfortunately, Halloween can be an anxious time for some vulnerable people, particularly older people. It is reassuring to hear that organisations are being proactive in combating anti-social behaviour and working together to try to keep vulnerable people safe."
For further information contact the Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership on 01443 864374.
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