Cops take on ev­ery kind of anti-so­cial scourge

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

Stir­ling Area Com­man­der, Chief In­spec­tor Gill Boul­ton, gives an up­date on lat­est moves to tackle an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

I would like to give you an up­date on the Stir­ling City Cen­tre Dis­per­sal Or­der.

I men­tioned its in­tro­duc­tion a few weeks ago just be­fore the‘go live’date and now that it’s been in ex­is­tence for just over a month.

Over the past four weeks, we have dis­persed 43 peo­ple. In some cases these are the same peo­ple who have been iden­ti­fied as be­ing in­volved in an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour on more than one oc­ca­sion.

The or­der only al­lows of­fi­cers to dis­perse groups of two or more, con­gre­gat­ing and be­hav­ing anti-so­cially. These in­di­vid­u­als will be di­rected to leave the area and not re­turn within 24 hours.

We are work­ing with Al­co­hol and Drug Part­ner­ship to en­sure that where any vul­ner­a­ble per­sons are iden­ti­fied that they are di­rected to all the ser­vices avail­able to them.

Feed­back from res­i­dents, busi­ness own­ers and vis­i­tors to the city cen­tre has been largely pos­i­tive and we hope that by ed­u­cat­ing those who fre­quent the city as to what is ac­cept­able be­hav­iour that we will con­tinue to re­duce in­ci­dences of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour and en­cour­age peo­ple to en­joy all that Stir­ling has to of­fer.

I’ve just en­dured my first early morn­ing scrap­ing of the car wind­screen so it seemed like a good time to re­mind peo­ple about a crime which has oc­curred in pre­vi­ous years.

‘Frost­ing’, as it has be­come known, is when thieves tar­get ve­hi­cles which have been left unat­tended in the drive­way or the street for a few min­utes in or­der to de­frost.

Whilst it is im­per­a­tive that you take the time to en­sure your win­dows are clear of ice be­fore driv­ing, if your car is stolen un­der such cir­cum­stances, you run the risk of your in­sur­ance com­pany re­fus­ing to com­pen­sate you for the loss as the ve­hi­cle was un­locked and unat­tended.

On a sim­i­lar theme the area has seen con­sis­tent re­port­ing of in­se­cure pedal cy­cles from pub­lic lo­ca­tions, gar­dens and com­mu­nal ar­eas.

Please can you con­sider the pur­chase of a chain or pad­lock which can be used to se­cure your prop­erty.

We also con­tinue to see re­ports of thefts from in­se­cure ve­hi­cles from out­side home ad­dresses and when left in car parks etc. In many cases prop­erty has been left on open dis­play and it takes a mat­ter of sec­onds to try a door han­dle and re­move small items.

New or­der CI Boul­ton

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