Need the police over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period? Here’s what to do

Halloween and Bonfire Night are two of the busiest nights of the year for Thames Valley Police, especially the officers and staff who work in their Police Enquiry Centres and Control Rooms.

On Halloween the police receive an average of 3,700 calls in a day, a large number of them in the evening. This year Halloween falls on a Friday and during half term, so it is likely to to be busier than ever!

To report any issues you may have on Halloween or Bonfire Night, please call the Police Enquiry Centre on the 24-hour non-emergency number – 101. If it is a crime in progress, call 999 immediately.

Remember, you can also report crime online via the police’s crime reporting form and their website FAQ section contains a wealth of advice and information on a huge variety of topics.

If you need to contact the police about something more routine, such as to get in touch with your local neighbourhood team or get advice about any policing issue – from fixed penalty notices to police station opening hours – it might be better to wait until a less busy time.

During both evenings, neighbourhood policing teams will be undertaking high-visibility patrols to deal with any antisocial behaviour and have also been working with schools and parents to reduce the incidents of nuisance and criminal damage that can happen at this time of year.

Please visit the Thames Valley Police website at to download and print off publicity material about Halloween, or visit your local station.

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