A joint strategy between local Police and Craigavon Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) has seen a reduction in the number of antisocial incidents and misuse of fireworks incidents over the Halloween period this year.
Antisocial behaviour incidents in Craigavon dropped by 12.7 percent during Halloween week, compared to the same period last year (a decrease of 10 incidents from 79 to 69) while misuse of fireworks incidents decreased by 43.5 percent (from 23 to 13 incidents).
Craigavon Area Commander, Chief Inspector Anthony McNally explained: “Our strategy this year focused on reducing the number of antisocial and misuse of fireworks incidents. We worked closely with the local PCSP to raise awareness of the consequences of this type of activity, to provide diversionary activities for young people and to enforce the law.
“We also asked for the support of the local community in reporting incidents of this nature and this was evident in the number of calls and information we received.
“We will continue to build on this partnership approach and work on driving down incidents of antisocial behaviour and make Craigavon a safer place for everyone to live, work and visit.”
PCSP Chair Gemma McKenna said: “The continued success of the Halloween Safety Campaigns organised by the PCSP is due to the effective, working collaboration between ourselves, the PSNI, local Resident Groups, various statutory agencies, and the public. This partnership approach is an important and essential element in ensuring that Halloween is an enjoyable and safe time for every-one.
“It should be a fun time, enjoyed by both young and old. The PCSP will continue to work in partnership with all other interested parties to make sure that people are aware of the dangers associated with this time of the year and have the knowledge needed to allow them to celebrate in safety.”