Police have released a recording of a 999 call they received last Halloween from an elderly lady living alone in Taunton who was left terrified when she heard stones being thrown at her window.
The audio has been posted online by the police force to highlight the fact that for people who are elderly or live alone, Halloween can be a frightening time of year. >This is a 999 call they received last Halloween from the older lady:
The force is urging the public to be more vigilant and neighbour friendly with the elderly members of their community at this time of year.
We can all play a part to keep our communities safe. If you have an elderly or vulnerable neighbour, why not pop around this week to check they’re ok and offer to print a ‘no trick or treaters’ poster for them to display? Isolation and loneliness can increase vulnerability to crime, but simply saying ‘hello’ can make all the difference and help keep people safe.
Things you can do to help your neighbours feel safe:
Just say ‘hello.’
Ask if they would like you to visit on Hallowe’en or Bonfire Night.
Don’t let off fireworks after midnight on Bonfire Night.
Let neighbours know if you’re planning a party or a fireworks display, so they won’t be alarmed.
Remind children to respect others' property and don’t call on homes that have the 'sorry no trick or treat' poster.
If you plan to celebrate on November 5, make sure your bonfire is a safe distance from any property, hedges or fences and that you have a water supply nearby in case something goes wrong.