Gwent Police have an eye-dea to fight antisocial behaviour
Gwent Police have spent over £800 on posters and banners in an attempt to stop antisocial behaviour.
The ‘We’re Watching You’ initiative has seen more than 30 banners erected across Caerphilly County Borough.
The posters show a pair of eyes with slogans discouraging antisocial behaviour, including car cruising, in Caerphilly, Blackwood, Bargoed, Pontllanfraith and Markham.
Inspector Mark Smith, of Blackwood, came up with the idea in a bid to make people think twice before committing crime and antisocial behaviour and to make residents feel safer.
He said: “This initiative is about encouraging co-operative behaviour. It’s quite simple really, people who feel watched are less likely to commit crime and will behave in a more responsible manner.
“Although I have deployed some posters in key places, the banners are portable and will be used in areas where crime or antisocial behaviour levels dictate. So who knows where we will be watching you?”
The scheme is supported by retailers and Caerphilly County Borough Council.
Cllr David Poole, Cabinet Member for Community and Leisure Services, said: “We’re obviously very supportive of any initiative which attempts to make people think twice about committing a criminal act, and therefore helping to make people feel even safer in their communities.
“This innovative idea will, I hope, prove a successful additional tool in helping to prevent and further reduce crime and antisocial behaviour.”
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