Put safety first on Halloween and Bonfire Night
12:01pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
AS the pumpkins are carved and the sparklers are lit, the Safer Vale Partnership is making sure there are more treats than tricks this Halloween and Bonfire Night.
Throughout October, members of the Safer Vale Partnership will be working together to promote safe ways to trick or treat and to use fireworks.
A variety of tools and engagement opportunities will be used by the partnership, including the Vale of Glamorgan Council, to try and reduce the negative impact that Halloween and the incorrect use of fireworks can have on the wider community.
Examples of some of the measures that will be put in place are:
• Retail engagement - reinforcing the message in respect of sales of flour and eggs and distributing posters advising that sales of these items are restricted. Also reinforcing the store keeper’s obligation in respect of the Licensing Act in particular the sales to underage and proxy sales.
• School visits – Police School Liaison Officers will be visiting schools to talk to students about anti social behaviour, firework safety and safe trick or treating
• No trick or treating posters – posters have been produced and are available to residents to display in their property. To download a copy of this poster to display please visit www.safervale.co.uk
• Environmental Visual Audits (EVAs) – throughout October, partners will be completing EVAs to identify, for removal, any large amounts of materials that are being used for unofficial bonfires
• Licensing visits – Members of the Partnership will be visiting and checking outlets in respect to fireworks legislation.
• Special patrols – South Wales Police will be out on special patrols on October 31, and November 5, engaging with young people and offering reassurance to communities.
Deborah Gibbs, community safety manager for the Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: "Halloween and Bonfire Night celebrations can be a lot of fun, but sadly some people use this time of year as an excuse to damage property and make a nuisance of themselves.
"We are determined to ensure that everyone enjoys the festivities safely and that the public feel reassured by the strong police presence.
"We want Vale residents to feel confident that the police will not tolerate anti-social behaviour over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period."
• Safer Vale is the community safety partnership for the Vale of Glamorgan area. The partners are: South Wales Police; Vale of Glamorgan Council; South Wales Fire and Rescue Service; Cardiff and Vale University Health Board; Welsh Assembly Government; Home Office; South Wales Probation Service; VCVS.
• Safer Vale’s mission is to reduce the fear of crime by implementing a range of local and regional crime and disorder reduction projects. More details can be found at www.safervale.co.uk
• The public can contact Safer Vale by calling the helpline on 01446 450200, or by writing to Safer Vale, Barry Fire Station, Port Road West, Barry, CF63 3AZ.