By Adam Couper
A new initiative has been introduced to lower the amount of antisocial behaviour on the streets of Scotland.
The Safer Streets project, which will cost £600,000, will be spread around the 32 local authorities to fund improvements over the festive period. These include high visibility police patrols in ‘hot spot’ areas, street pastors, targeting of street drinking, enhanced CCTV and late night taxi marshalls.
Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Community said: “The Scottish Government is already taking action to tackle the “drinking to get drunk” culture in our country which so often leads to violence through considering bringing in minimum pricing and banning irresponsible promotions.”
Superintendent Mark Williams, Area Policing Commander for Edinburgh hopes the initiative will reduce the amount of crime on the streets during the busy holiday period.
“At its peak Christmas in Edinburgh can see over half a million people on the streets of the capital. Our objective is simple, to ensure that visitors and residents alike can safely enjoy the festivities in the city centre without being exposed to violence and disorder.
“This funding will allow us to put additional resources on the streets at critical times and in key areas, preventing crime, tackling anti social behaviour, whilst providing a highly visible policing presence.”