Crackdown on anti-social behaviour during October

PCSP Vice Chair Cllr Daire Toner with Superintendent David Moore and PCSP Chair Alderman Robert Smith.
PCSP Vice Chair Cllr Daire Toner with Superintendent David Moore and PCSP Chair Alderman Robert Smith.

Police are taking steps to tackle anti-social behaviour during October with an increase in high visibility patrols.

Working in partnership with the local Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), they are focusing on reducing anti-social behaviour the month.

During the coming weeks police hope to raise awareness of the issues surrounding anti-social behaviour and what Police and partner organisations are doing in your area to address it.

Officers will be conducting high visibility patrols to provide reassurance and, where needed, offer crime prevention information.

Commander for Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, Superintendent Davy Moore, said: “The term anti-social behaviour covers a wide range of unacceptable activity that blights the lives of many people on a daily basis.

“It often leaves victims feeling helpless, desperate and with a seriously reduced quality of life. Terms such as ‘nuisance’, ‘disorder’ and ‘harassment’ are also often used to describe this type of behaviour.

“Anti-social behaviour is an issue that we take seriously and we are fully committed to working in partnership with our PCSP, other partner agencies and community representatives to address it.”

Superintendent Moore continued: “We are here to listen to community concerns and work with others to find a solution to any problems they may have. In many cases, this needs positive input from everyone in the community if a long lasting solution is to be found.”

Alderman Robert Smith, Chairman of the local PCSP added: “Anti-social behaviour in relation to the Halloween period can be a real concern for the more vulnerable people in our communities. So if you see a home displaying a poster asking not to be disturbed for trick or treat, please respect this and help everyone to feel safe whilst you enjoy the evening.”

Anyone who has concerns around anti-social behaviour or witnesses such behaviour contact police on 101.