Campaign: Operation Bang
Launch Date: October 2007
Operation BANG (Be A Nice Guy) is an operation run by officers to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable Halloween and Bonfire night.
Halloween is traditionally a busy evening for our officers with lots of calls being received, particularly to report anti-social behaviour.
Every year, we produce a ‘No Callers Please’ sign for members of the public who would prefer not to have Halloween callers at their door.
If you’d like a copy of this sign, please download one here or contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team.
During the busy Halloween and Bonfire night period, we also work closely with partners, including local authorities, shops, the fire service, community groups, cadets, schools and youth services to help keep the number of anti-social behaviour incidents to a minimum.
Posters explaining the use of the ‘No Callers Please’ signs are delivered to local schools, asking pupils to respect the signs that they see, and not call at any homes displaying them.
School Community Police Officers also visit assemblies in the lead up to these events to remind school pupils about the impact of anti-social behaviour on other people, and reinforce the consequences of this type of behaviour.
We also work with local shops and Neighbourhood Officers visit the local premises in their areas to encourage them not to sell flour and eggs to under-18s during the week of Halloween – stores show their support by displaying our posters.
Assistant Chief Constable, Emma Ackland, said: “We know that Halloween is an enjoyable evening for lots of people, and we certainly don’t want to prevent people from having fun. We are just asking people to think about the consequences of their actions, particularly to elderly and vulnerable members of our community.
“If someone has a ‘no callers please’ sign up in their door or window, then we are asking the public to simply respect that, and not call at their home. We will take action against anyone found to be taking part in anti-social behaviour, and our officers will be out patrolling in local communities on the night. “
To report incidents of anti-social behaviour, please phone Gwent Police on 101. In an emergency, please dial 999.