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Staying safe this autumn

News release 10043, published on 22 Oct 2021
With darker evenings, falling leaves and temperatures dropping, there is no mistaking that autumn is here and that the usual seasonal family fun is arriving with it.

To help keep the borough safe, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Community Safety Patrol Officers are launching their annual Autumn Nights campaign.

With last year’s celebrations looking different due to COVID-19 restrictions, the CSPOs are anticipating an increase in autumnal activities across the borough.

This year’s campaign will focus on visibility and cycle safety and will encourage residents to be considerate of others during the festivities. The CSPOs will be out on patrols giving advice on personal safety, responsible trick or treating and being respectful to those who may not wish to take part.

In the run up to Halloween and bonfire night, officers will be visiting shops to offer advice about the responsible sale of items such as flour, eggs and fireworks. They will also be visiting sites where illegal bonfires have been held previously and liaising with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service where necessary.

The council is also asking residents to be considerate of neighbours, animals and wildlife if lighting fireworks at home.

Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Partnerships Cllr Simon Bound said: “We know that our residents want to feel safe in the borough and that is why we have made improving safety one of our council priorities.

“With Halloween and Bonfire Night festivities cancelled last year, we want residents to be able to get back to enjoying all the activities and events the borough has to offer, but we also want them to be considerate and respectful of others who may not want to participate.

“Our CSPOs will be out and about offering advice and providing reassurance to help everyone enjoy a safe and peaceful season.”

Find out more about the community safety patrol team here: http://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/cspo-team

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