Dark Nights 2021

Date published: 28 October 2021 13:34

It’s the time of year when the dark nights are drawing in, we’re preparing to put our clocks back and retailers are stocking spooky Halloween decorations and fireworks.

This year our communities will be celebrating Halloween and Bonfire night differently; organised events have been cancelled due to Covid-19 and trick or treating is being discouraged.

Silver Commander for Dark Nights, Chief Inspector Lee Carlson: “Your neighbourhood teams will be out and about in the evenings throughout this period, working hard to make sure that everyone can have an enjoyable and safe time.
“This is an extremely busy time for officers and our call handlers and I would urge people to think before calling 999 or 101. We need your support to ensure we are able to respond to the people who need us the most.
“Our call handlers have to prioritise the calls coming into our control room. So if you need to report a non-emergency crime, please make use of online reporting on our website- https://www.southyorks.police.uk/reportsomething/.”

Tips on how to stay safe

  • Garden bonfires are not advisable. They spread easily and can quickly become out of control. However, if you must have one, keep it away from trees, sheds and fences, and never use petrol or other accelerants to get it going
  • If you are going to use fireworks, only use genuine ones, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and, please, be sensible
  • Please also remember there are laws around when you can and cannot set them off
  • Bring your wheelie bin in straight after is has been emptied
  • Do you not leave rubbish or furniture outside of your home

We also have last year's videos - featuring South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue - to educate children on the dangers of fireworks and the implications that getting involved in anti-social behaviour can lead to.

Primary school video can be viewed here.

Primary school video with sign language can be viewed here.

Secondary school video can be viewed here.

Secondary school video with sign language can be viewed here.

If you're looking for another way to keep your little ones entertained, download our colour sheet here- don't forget to share them with us on social media!

If you do not want to be disturbed by trick or treaters this Halloween then you can download the South Yorkshire Police ‘no trick or treaters’ poster here.

Simply put the poster in your window or on your door and those taking part in the festivities will know that you do not want to be disturbed.

Reporting a crime

Calls at this time of year are usually higher so please consider whether your call is best directed towards the police. Visit our webpage www.southyorkshire.police.uk/contact-us/should-i-call-101/ for advice on whether your call is a police issue before you call 101.

If you do need to call the police make sure you call the necessary number. Only call 999 in an emergency. For non-emergencies please call 101. You can also now report an incident online at www.reportingcrime.uk/

Download your no trick or treaters poster now.

Download your no trick or treaters poster now.