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Tip of the Month - October 2019

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Welcome once again to Tip of the Month. Please feel free to share this information with Neighbourhood Watch members and your neighbours.

October is upon us and the days are getting shorter. Halloween goodies are in the shops and fireworks will be on sale from the middle of the month.

People have mixed feelings about Halloween, but if you are concerned about it, the following tips may help you feel more secure:
  • Place the attached 'No Trick or Treat' poster in windows or tape to your front door.
  • Draw curtains and blinds as soon as it starts to get dark.
  • If you receive an unexpected caller don’t feel pressurised to open the door, a genuine caller will come back another time.
  • If you do need to open the door use a door chain.
  • Visit a friend or do something interesting and absorbing.
There’s no doubting the thrill of a well organised fireworks display, but many people prefer to arrange their own event. If you are planning your own this year, please consider the following
  • It is illegal to set off fireworks after midnight on Bonfire Night.  On all other nights the cut off is 11pm, the only other exceptions being New Year, Chinese New Year and Diwali when it is 1am.
  • You have a duty of care to ensure the safety of visitors and neighbours.
  • It is illegal to set off fireworks in the street.
  • It is illegal for a person under 18 to possess a firework in a public place.
  • If a retailer is selling fireworks to those under 18 report it to Trading Standards.
The penalty for selling or using fireworks illegally is a fine of up to £5,000 and/or a prison sentence.

For further information on fireworks and the law visit Gov.UK at www.gov.uk/fireworks-the-law.

Please also be mindful of your pets.  Ensure dogs and cats are safely in the house and rabbits and other small animals are somewhere safe.  Animals do not like fireworks so please look after them.
 
If you have an ongoing problem with people setting fireworks off illegally or other types of anti-social behaviour report it to the police, or to your local authority.
999 – crime occurring or threat of harm.
101 or report online at www.dorset.police.uk if you want to report a crime that has happened.

Thank you.

Elaine Ryan

 
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Elaine Ryan (Police, Prevention Development Officer, Dorset)
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