Eggs stolen from Finchampstead ahead of HalloweenBy Laura Herbert
October 31, 2012
Dozens of eggs have been stolen ahead of Hallowe’en today.
Thieves took 11 dozen eggs from a rural home in Finchampstead which was operating an honesty box, while some shops across the borough have suspended sales of eggs and flour.
Many children are expected to go out trick or treating throughout the borough tonight and neighbourhood police teams will be carrying out evening patrols.
PC Naomi Jolliffe, anti-social behaviour coordinator based at Wokingham police station, said: “The message is trick or treating is for younger children to enjoy.
“Our advice is that parents of young children who want to go trick or treating should ask neighbours before and if children knock on a door and it doesn’t open, then leave.”
Last year, Thames Valley Police recorded the highest level of crime on Hallowe’en compared with any other day throughout the rest of the year.
Although Hallowe’en always shows a peak in calls to police, last year showed the highest levels in five years throughout the force. The majority of crimes were theft or handling stolen goods offences and criminal damage.
Of Hallowe’en crime in Wokingham PC Jolliffe said: “I accept we are going to get a few more calls about anti-social behaviour but touch wood, it is all in good nature.
“We don’t want people getting egg and flour on houses and cars because it spoils the fun for those who do enjoy themselves. Generally, the area isn’t badly affected by anti-social behaviour.”
People who would prefer not to be bothered by trick or treaters can download and print a ‘No trick or treat’ flier from Thames Valley Police and display it in a window.
Anyone who feels nervous during Hallowe’en is advised to not to open the door if they are unsure who is there and use a spy-hole or look out of a window.
If you are part of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, let your coordinator know you will be on your own at Hallowe’en and have a contact number of a relative or neighbour to hand in case you need to phone them.
To report anti-social behaviour call the non-emergency number 101 or dial 999 if it is a crime in progress.