Coun­cil boss out­lines how prob­lems are be­ing tack­led

Ayrshire Post - - NEWS - Gary Fan­ning

A coun­cil boss said they are work­ing with po­lice to re­duce crime in the north of Ayr.

And the lo­cal author­ity say a project aimed at young peo­ple has slashed com­plaints of youth dis­or­der by 55 per cent.

Claire Mon­aghan, the coun­cil’s head of com­mu­ni­ties, said: “We work very closely with part­ners like Po­lice Scot­land and com­mu­ni­ties across South Ayr­shire to en­sure peo­ple feel safe and sup­ported at home as well as out and about within their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“While our col­leagues in Po­lice Scot­land lead on tack­ling any crim­i­nal be­hav­iour, we play an ac­tive role where we can.

“In the Wal­lace­toun area in par­tic­u­lar, we have been work­ing with the po­lice on a ‘ Pre­ven­tion First’ ini­tia­tive.

“This is a tar­geted ap­proach to iden­ti­fy­ing and chang­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and con­di­tions that drive crime and of­fend­ing be­hav­iour.

“The aims of this are to im­prove life­style choices, keep com­mu­ni­ties safe, re­duce of­fend­ing and sup­port com­mu­ni­ties to reach their full po­ten­tial.

“We also de­liver an ex­ten­sive pro­gramme of com­mu­nity safety ac­tiv­i­ties across north Ayr in­cluded tar­geted use of both our staff and re­sources like CCTV, which both act as a de­ter­rent and help in ev­i­dence- gath­er­ing where we can take en­force­ment ac­tion.

“For ex­am­ple, tar­geted work like this to ad­dress youth dis­or­der in the Wal­lace­toun area – which also in­cluded di­ver­sion­ary ac­tiv­i­ties for young peo­ple – con­trib­uted to a 55 per cent re­duc­tion in youthre­lated com­plaints in the area.

“This shows that our ap­proach achieves clear and pos­i­tive re­sults for com­mu­ni­ties.”

Ms Mon­aghan said the coun­cil and their part­ner agen­cies will con­tinue to work hard to make the com­mu­nity safer for res­i­dents.

She said: “We’ve also de­liv­ered award- win­ning projects like FEVA – Freestyle En­vi­ron­men­tal Vis­ual Au­dit – which en­gages pupils in iden­ti­fy­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues in their lo­cal area and helps ad­dress spe­cific com­mu­nity safety and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour is­sues at a lo­cal level.

“It’s made a real dif­fer­ence and em­pow­ered lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to tackle the is­sues that af­fect them.

“We’ve also cre­ated in­for­ma­tion packs on top­ics like fire safety and worked with schools to en­gage not just with our young peo­ple, but with their par­ents and car­ers too.

“Key to all of this is en­sur­ing that ev­ery­one plays their part – com­mu­nity plan­ning part­ners, lo­cal groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions, and – cru­cially – lo­cal peo­ple them­selves.

“I can as­sure ev­ery­one that we use all avail­able re­sources to sup­port lo­cal peo­ple to build pride and value within our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.” Claire Mon­aghan

Claire Mon­aghan

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