Britons Increasingly Concerned About Halloween Mischief Week

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22nd June 2012 13:28 - Public Consultation

A survey commissioned by Santander Insurance has revealed that many people are jittery about Halloween trick or treating.

Of those who took part in the poll, 22% thought trick or treating should not take place this year, 43% would support a ban on people wearing masks that obscure the face over Halloween, and one in three a ban on people wearing hooded tops.

In addition, 50% would like to see mandatory parental accompaniment and 38% would support the introduction of curfews for groups of youths at this time of year.

A spokeswoman for Santander Insurance said support for these measures was driven not only by people's experiences of the August riots, but also past experience of being victims in the Halloween to Bonfire Night period (dubbed 'mischief week').

The study revealed that one in four adults has suffered damage to their home during this period, resulting in an average of over £232 in repair fees.

Andy Smith, Head of Media Relations at Santander, commented: “Our research would suggest that there is genuine concern about any more criminal damage or anti-social behaviour taking place in the period that surrounds Halloween and bonfire night... We would advise all homeowners to make sure that the main entrances to their homes are secure, and to make the property look occupied, even if it isn't.”  

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