Our Leicester committee are asking residents to celebrate safely over the coming festival season and have produced an advice leaflet with tips on how to stay safe during Navratri, Diwali and Eid as well as Bonfire Night and Halloween.

Staying safe during Navratri, Diwali and Eid

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Burglary

  • When you go out make sure you lock your doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a short time.
  • Use a timer switch for lights and a radio to make it look like someone is at home.

Protect yourself

  • Be aware of what is happening around you and trust your instincts.
  • If you feel unsafe change direction and go somewhere you feel safer and are more visible to other people.
  • Avoid wearing headphones or talking on mobile phones as this can distract you.

Protect your belongings

  • Be discreet with your valuables, money and mobile phone and make sure it is not on show.
  • If you're wearing jewellery like a necklace, cover it with a scarf.
  • Never leave anything on display in your car, whether it's an expensive laptop or just some loose change. Even items of clothing can attract thieves as they may think that there will be money in the pockets.
  • Lock your car at all times even if you leave it for a few seconds.

Get more advice about celebrating safely with the Navratri, Diwali and Eid Celebrate Safely leaflet.

Staying safe during Bonfire Night and Halloween

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Trick or treat

Make sure young children are always accompanied by an adult. If children are going out unaccompanied make sure that they know to:

  • Keep to well-lit areas, wear reflective clothing and carry a torch
  • Use the green cross code when crossing the street
  • Never talk to strangers who approach them
  • If they are approached by strangers they go directly to tell their parents or go into a local shop to ask for help
  • Ensure that any 'tricks' do not damage people's property

Bonfires and Fireworks

  • Only buy fireworks from a legitimate retailer.
  • It is illegal to possess a firework if you are under 18 years old.
  • It is an offence to set off fireworks after midnight on 5 November.
  • It is illegal to set off fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or public place.

Breaking the laws regarding fireworks can results in an on-the-spot fine of £90.

Get more advice about celebrating safely with the Bonfire Night and Halloween Celebrate Safely leaflet.