Safety team show of force

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

A day of ac­tion has been held by com­mu­nity safety of­fi­cers in the Ste­wartry.

Kirkcud­bright Com­mu­nity Coun­cil joined forces with the team in the Dee and Glenkens ward, a huge area that cov­ers Auchen­cairn, Kirkcud­bright, Auchen­larie and north to Car­sphairn.

A dozen com­mu­nity safety of­fi­cers were out and about, in­clud­ing four in plain clothes, to catch any ir­re­spon­si­ble dog own­ers and lit­ter louts.

The team or­gan­ised var­i­ous in­for­ma­tion points and lis­tened to res­i­dents about their con­cerns.

In a re­cent sur­vey, 96.8 per cent of peo­ple said they felt safe, or very safe, in their com­mu­nity, above the re­gional av­er­age. Sixty-nine per cent felt dog foul­ing and 49 per cent felt lit­ter­ing were a con­cern in their neigh­bour­hood, so these were the main fo­cus.

Kirkcud­bright Com­mu­nity Coun­cil provost Les­ley Gar­butt said: “We are com­mit­ted to work­ing with the com­mu­nity safety team to deal with these is­sues to make our com­mu­nity a bet­ter place to live and work.

“It is in­ter­est­ing to note that these low-level is­sues of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour are the ones our com­mu­nity is most con­cerned about.”

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