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Police ask trick or treaters not to spook the elderly this Halloween
10:00am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
POLICE are urging youngsters across the borough to show consideration for the vulnerable and elderly this Halloween.
West Midlands Police are issuing ‘no trick or treat cards’ to pensioners and vulnerable residents - asking trick or treaters not to knock at their door on October 31.
The luminous cards can be displayed on doors and front windows to inform trick or treaters they are not welcome.
Officers have also been speaking to school students to highlight how some residents, particularly the elderly, may feel intimidated by young people knocking their door at night or playing tricks when it is dark and they are home alone.
Sergeant Corrina Griffiths, from Dudley police, said: “Although we encourage young people to enjoy themselves, it is our primary concern that they stay safe and consider the impact of their behaviour on others.
“Elderly people can feel particularly vulnerable at this time of year when strangers knock on their door or cause disruption.
“What a young person may consider to be harmless fun can be very frightening to someone who already feels vulnerable.
“We would therefore ask young people to think about their actions and show respect and consideration when trick or treating and try to see things from another point of view.”
Click on the link or visit the front page of our website to print off a ‘no trick or treat’ card issued by West Midlands Police.
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