Updated: Sunday, 27th May 2018 @ 7:37am

Green for go, red for go away! GMP window scheme aims to give residents chance to 'opt-out' of Halloween

Green for go, red for go away! GMP window scheme aims to give residents chance to 'opt-out' of Halloween

By Bethany Armitage

Trick or treaters are being asked to respect Fallowfield residents who don’t wish to come to the door, through a Greater Manchester Police window sign scheme.

The green and red leaflets give residents the option to opt out of Halloween trickery – though some residents have questioned how effective the scheme will be.

Those intimidated by Halloween tricks or who simply don’t want to take part can choose to put up the red leaflet up, which reads ‘Sorry No Treats Here’.

A GMP spokesman said: “Officers across the city will be focusing their attention on all known trouble hotspots, and responding swiftly to reports of antisocial behaviour.”

However the spokesman was unable to confirm whether there will be an extra police presence on the streets for Halloween night.

The leaflets have been created by The Treacle Partnership, a multi-agency collaboration designed to limit the impacts of both Halloween and Bonfire Night on the Greater Manchester area.

This includes antisocial behaviour, violence and intimidation, all of which the Greater Manchester police are looking to crack down on.

A GMP spokesman explained that people do not have to open the door to trick or treaters, and can instead ignore them and draw the curtains.

“Don’t be frightened in your own home. If trick or treaters are causing a nuisance, ring the police,” he added.

To dissuade or encourage these Halloween visitors, GMP are encouraging residents to use the flyers, which can be clearly seen from outside.

But while efforts are being made to make trick or treating a more enjoyable experience for everyone, Fallowfield residents are divided as to whether they will actually be an effective measure.

Student Laura Bunting, of Kingswood Road, disagrees with the initiative, arguing that they could end up having the opposite effect on safety.

“It will result in more crime and antisocial behaviour, and therefore causing what is supposed to be a bit of a fun for children, into a distressing and sometimes intimidating time for many residents,” she warned.

Ms Bunting also questioned the importance of displaying green welcome flyers and said that parents are likely to be the only individuals to check for these.

She said: “Antisocial behaviour such as ‘egging’ and setting fire to bins is down to the trick or treaters, not the signs.”

Mother-of-two Rose Baker from Fallowfield said that she would feel uncomfortable displaying the signs.

“I wouldn’t display the signs because I’d be scared that kids would see it as an invitation to vandalise my house, simply because it has a big red target on it,” she said.

“I only go to houses that I know near to ours, I try to stay away from the student areas and places I don’t know very well when out with the children.”

Greater Manchester police is urging people to be safe and respect others during Halloween, including their right not to be disturbed within their own homes.

Trick or treaters are advised not to head out alone, with all children being accompanied by responsible adults.

Police take all instances of antisocial behavior seriously and any incidents should be reported by calling 101.

Anyone keen to display a red or green trick or treat leaflet in their home can visit their local police station or download a copy from www.safe4autumn.com.

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