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Extra police patrols to combat anti-social behaviour during half term

As the evenings get lighter, police in north Bournemouth traditionally receive an increase in reports of incidents of anti-social behaviour. To tackle this, officers are stepping-up patrols in the area from tonight.

Additional police officers and police community support officers (PCSOs) will be on hand during the half term week (Friday 18 – Sunday 27 February 2011) to carry out patrols and respond to specific incidents of anti-social behaviour as they occur.

The extra patrols will mainly focus on the areas of north Bournemouth that experience high levels of anti-social behaviour and will take place at times when anti-social behaviour is most likely to occur. The officers will also check on known offenders during their patrols.

The patrols will be in addition to those already carried out by Safer Neighbourhood officers and response officers in the area.

During the week the dedicated officers will visit vulnerable and repeat victims of anti-social behaviour to check on their welfare and advise them on how they can reduce the likelihood of experiencing further anti-social behaviour and report incidents to the police.

Sergeant Andy Edwards, who is coordinating the operation, said: “While we don’t expect any problems this half term, we are taking all the necessary precautions to protect vulnerable victims and prevent anti-social behaviour from occurring in the first place.

“I would encourage any member of the public who is experiencing anti-social behaviour to contact Dorset Police on 01202 222222. Remember, if a crime is in progress or life is in danger, always dial 999.”

To find out more about your local Safer Neighbourhood Team call Dorset Police on 01202 222222 or 01305 222222.