Police, partners and local communities are working together to make the festive season even safer this year.
The annual ‘Safer Streets’ Initiative sees an additional focus on safety while shopping and partying and runs from Friday 7th December 2018 to Wednesday 2nd January 2019.
The initiative will see Police Scotland joining forces with partners including North Ayrshire Council, Scottish Fire and Rescue, HM Coastguard, British Transport Police, the Scottish Ambulance Service, Largs Community Resilience Team and the RNLI to keep people safe and provide extra reassurance and advice to those enjoying the festive cheer.
Additional police patrols will aim to keep shoppers and revellers safe while ‘pop-up shop’ style events will promote safety for shoppers encouraging them to keep their purse and wallet safe, be vigilant when using cash machines and not to leave valuables on display at home or in vehicles.
North Ayrshire Trading Standards and Licensing Standards Officers will carry out licensed premises checks alongside Police Scotland to crack down on the supply of alcohol to under 18s and ensure venues have safety as a top priority.
The Council’s Antisocial Behaviour Investigation Team will also be proactively visiting residents, while Youth Services will be working with the police to engage with young people in local communities and promote positive lifestyle choices and provide reminders on keeping safe.
Councillor Joe Cullinane, Leader of North Ayrshire Council, said “As towns across North Ayrshire become increasingly busy with festive shoppers and party-goers, we want to make sure opportunist thieves and alcohol-related crime don’t dampen spirits during the season of goodwill.
“We will be working closely with local licensees, taxi drivers and our partners in the Police, the Fire and Rescue Service and North Ayrshire CCTV to make sure people have fun but stay safe this festive season.”
Area Commander in North Ayrshire, Chief Inspector Colin Convery added: “Police officers will be working closely with our partner agencies to ensure those visiting the town centres in North Ayrshire enjoy the festivities in a safe environment.
“Additional officers will be working in town centre areas and those intent on committing crime and disorder will be dealt with appropriately.
“Our work with partners will extend beyond the three main town centres this year and reinforces the joint work we undertake with communities year round to make North Ayrshire a safer place in which to live, work and visit.
“We will provide regular updates on our activities through our social media channels and in the local press.”