North East MSP Mike Rumbles is urging the Scottish Government to do more to raise awareness of the dangers for vulnerable people as the clocks go back and the nights close in.
Mr Rumbles said: “It never ceases to amaze how quickly the dark nights come round again. Trick-or-treating, fireworks and dark nights are great fun for the whole community, but they can also leave older people and children are at a greater risk of anti-social behaviour and accidental injury.
“The clocks go back this weekend, and that means older people especially are more vulnerable to being taken advantage of.
“I have asked the Scottish Government what measures it has put in place to raise awareness of these issues, and I am awaiting a response. There is no need to scaremonger, but I want to see the Scottish Government approach this is a reasonable and safe way.
“The first step is to highlight what actions that can be taken to reduce theft and harm in the community or at home, especially in rural areas where there is often insufficient street lighting. Then I want to see more done to engage with younger people about the risks of being out and about, or getting involved in anti-social activities, at this time of year.”
Notes for editors:
- Written Question submitted by Mike Rumbles to the Scottish Government:
- To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to raise awareness of risks to vulnerable people when the clocks change to GMT and evenings become darker.
- To ask the Scottish Government what measures it has in place, in conjunction with or separate from the work of Police Scotland, to limit anti-social behaviour, theft, misuse of fireworks and unwelcome/unidentified visitors at the homes of vulnerable and older people over Halloween, Bonfire Night and as evenings become darker.
- To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to promote community/locally led schemes that aim to prevent harm to vulnerable people over Halloween, Bonfire Night and as evenings become darker.