Police in Sunderland are urging people to take extra care during the late evenings.
The Community Safety Partnership has launched the Darker Nights Campaign.
In a video, Chief Inspector Mark Hall addressed some of the issues, including around Bonfire Night.
He said: "A number of partnership initiatives are on-going."
These include firefighters and police going into the community, including schools, talking about the dangers of setting fires, the perceptions of anti-social behaviour and how people can help prevent problems.
He also talks about how to prevent issues arising through the theft of wheelie bins.