Thank You” – the message from police in North Ayrshire as the annual festive safer streets initiative draws to a close.

The annual ‘Safer Streets’ Initiative saw an additional focus on safety while shopping and partying and this year took place between Friday 7th December 2018 and Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

Chief Inspector Colin Convery, Area Commander in North Ayrshire, commented “We work closely with our Community Planning Partners throughout the year to keep people safe and during the Christmas and New Year period to provide extra reassurance to those enjoying the festive cheer.

“This year with additional financial support from North Ayrshire Council we were able to deliver enhanced coverage in the main town centre areas over Christmas and New Year by providing additional officers to ensure the safety of shoppers and late night revellers.”

  • Working alongside the North Ayrshire Council Licensing Standards Officer local policing teams conducted inspections of licensed premises to ensure compliance with legislation and to support staff in preventing crime and disorder on their premises.
  • Roads Policing Officers conducted joint inspections on Taxi and Private Hire vehicles operating in the area to ensure all had the relevant licences and were meeting the standards expected of them as licence holders.
  • Advice on preventing robberies was also issued to drivers, taxi companies and to business premises including off sales and bookmakers.
  • Officers distributed purse bells to shoppers in Irvine, Saltcoats and Largs to raise awareness on theft and to encourage everyone to consider their safety during the busy period.
  •  High-visibility patrols were conducted throughout the area with officers proactively targeting those involved in criminality and intent on causing disorder.
  • Joint visits were also conducted with the North Ayrshire Council Antisocial Behaviour Team to remind particular householders about the consequences of antisocial behaviour and the impact it can have on neighbours.

Chief Inspector Convery added “we will use feedback from this initiative as we look forward and plan for 2019. I would like to say thank you to everyone who has taken the time to speak with officers while on patrol and to thank our partners and communities for their continued support. “I would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our officers, staff, volunteer Special Constables and those in the many organisations and services who worked over the festive season which can be a difficult time for many. I wish everyone a safe 2019 – Happy New Year.”

Anyone with concerns about crime in their community is encouraged to contact their local policing team by calling 101, in an emergency always dial 999.