Young people across Tameside are being challenged to beat the boredom and help further reduce antisocial behaviour by taking part in the latest Safe4Summer campaign.
Safe4summer is a Greater Manchester wide partnership-based approach aimed at keeping people of all ages safe and addressing community concerns about youth related crime and anti-social behaviour during the summer months.
Safe4Summer has been designed to offer young people the opportunity to experience a whole host of fun and exciting activities in their local areas. During the long summer break, there are occasions when something that may appear to be a bit of harmless fun, can be seen differently by other people and could carry some quite serious consequences if it gets out of hand. Safe4summer aims to signpost people of all ages to interests and activities to enjoy within their local area; it also offers advice about personal safety and promotes social responsibility messages.
Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPT) and partners will be targeting areas the public have highlighted as being hotspots but GMP hope the campaign will encourage youths to take advantage of the activities on offer on its website, safe4summer.com. By logging onto the website, young people can choose from a variety of activities designed to keep them entertained and off the streets during the summer holiday period.
Antisocial behaviour is a top priority for GMP and since 1 April 2012 there has been a 22 per cent reduction in Tameside. This follows more robust policing tactics and a number of initiatives designed to protect local communities from antisocial behaviour.
Safe4Summer provides a programme of events to ensure young people have safe and enjoyable summer holidays, reduce antisocial behaviour and the fear of crime while increasing residents’ confidence that their concerns are being taken seriously and acted upon.
Inspector Emma Taylor from the Tameside North Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Throughout the holiday period, my officers will carry out high-visibility patrols to nip antisocial behaviour in the bud and proactively ensure that the summer can be as safe as possible for everybody. We cannot do this alone and will be working closely with partner agencies to tackle concerns.
“It is important that parents take responsibility and know where their children are, what they are doing and what time they will be home.
“Visits will be made to off-licenses and test purchase operations will take place to check they are not selling alcohol to under 18s. We must remember that the vast majority of young people in Tameside are respectful, law-abiding citizens and we are proud to have them in our area but we will be targeting those intent on breaking the law and making other peoples’ lives a misery.“
For information about activities in your area log and the chance to win an iPad log on to safe4summer.com