Fall in Halloween crime figures in West Oxon
Halloween passed without any nasty surprises for the majority of West Oxfordshire residents as reported incidents to police dramatically fell over the Halloween period compared to last year.
All five neighbourhood management teams promoted safe 'trick or treating' in the run up to Halloween as youngsters were encouraged to be mindful of elderly and vulnerable residents and to respect the wishes of those households that displayed the police 'No Trick or Treat callers' posters.
On Halloween itself, the neighbourhood management teams along with special constables provided high visibility patrols on the streets as a preventative measure in reducing levels of antisocial behaviour.
"Last year in Witney there were 17 reports of Halloween-related incidents, compared to just four this year,” explains Pam Delahay, Witney Neighbourhood Team Coordinator.
"In Eynsham there were just two reported incidents, which related to egg throwing. So the planning before this year's event has proved a success and hopefully this is something we will be able to continue next year as well.
"All of this is thanks to the young people who helped to make this year's Halloween pass as it should be – fun without the threat, menace or damage."
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