Met Police launches crackdown on crime and anti-social behaviour leading up to Halloween and Bonfire Night
PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 October 2017
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A seasonal crackdown on crime and anti-social behaviour has been launched by the Met Police, in the build-up to the autumn festivities.
In 2016, there were on average 5,111 calls every week to police about anti-social behaviour (ASB) incidents.
Between Halloween and Bonfire Night this significantly increased - in the week ending October 30, there were around 7,050 reported ASB incidents, a 38pc increase on the weekly average.
The week ending November 6 saw around 8,190 calls, representing a 60pc increase on the weekly average.
Sup Tania Coulson, leading the Autumn Nights operation, said: “We are here to ensure young people enjoy the festivities but remain safe in doing so.
“Our operations are not aimed at ruining the fun of this time of year but are in place to ensure those who are intent on committing crime and anti-social behaviour are dealt with accordingly.”
This month, Operation Autumn Nights tactics will run alongside the latest phase of Operation Sceptre, which will see a variety of tactics including intense weapon sweeps and intelligence-led policing to target repeat knife crime offenders.
There will also be an increase in visible police officers on the streets.
All activity will be supported by everyday policing activities to tackle ASB crime. This includes neighbourhoods policing, gang enforcement, protecting vulnerable people and continued local partnership work.
Officers will plan their operations using predictive mapping and analysis of current and past ASB crime hot spots to ensure officers are in the right place at the right time.
Volunteer police cadets will be assisting officers by taking part in test purchase operations to uncover the illegal sale of fireworks, alcohol and over the counter weapons to underage customers.
Anyone in breach of licensing laws will be dealt with robustly.
Officers will also be speaking to vulnerable residents and offering them crime prevention advice.
Safety tips for Halloween include a responsible adult going out with children trick or treating, don’t knock on doors displaying “No trick or treat” signs, plan your route before leaving home and carry a torch and wear reflective clothing so you can be seen.
For Bonfire Night, remember you must be over 18 to buy fireworks, it is illegal to possess fireworks in a public place if you are younger than 18 and it is an offence to throw or let off a firework in a street or public place.
It is also in your pets’ best interest to stay indoors while fireworks are going off.