Cllr Dudley Mead, cabinet member for housing, said: “This case shows that the council will not hesitate to take action against irresponsible dog owners. “Other residents should not have to suffer when certain individuals refuse to keep their dogs under control.”
The two-week safety campaign runs from Monday 24 June to Friday 5 July, and will focus on the town centre and London Road, between 3 and 5pm, which is when most street crime happens.
The volunteers will work alongside area enforcement officers, parking and housing attendants, youth services, the drug and alcohol outreach team and the police.
They will give young people personal safety tips, tell them how they can report crime and antisocial behaviour and help with litter picking.
Volunteers will also have information on what is going on during the summer months for teenagers.
Cabinet member for community safety, Cllr Simon Hoar said: “Most victim and offenders involved in street crime are young men aged 15 to 19. “The campaign aims to help raise safety awareness, increase the number of arrests, and to decrease the fear of crime.”
The volunteers will also be teaming up with students from Croydon College’s public services course. The students have devised a community safety questionnaire to find out how safe people feel, and what could be done to make them feel safer.
The feedback from this will be given to the SCP to help influence future plans.
Croydon Neighbourhood Watch, Croydon Voluntary Action, faith groups, South London Citizens, South London Traders, street pastors and West Croydon Community Forum are already involved in these plans.
If you would like to volunteer contact Tariq Gad on 020 8604 7032, or email [email protected]. (Source: Croydon council press release)
Cllr Margaret Mead, cabinet member for adult services and health, said: “These results are really very encouraging. “We know Croydon will always find it hard to match the results of smaller and more generally affluent parts of the UK. “But the improvements our residents have achieved in comparison to the rest of the country in some part reflect the huge amount of effort that the council’s sports development team puts in.
21.9 per cent of Croydon residents currently do 3 x 30minutes moderate intensity exercise each week, up nearly two per cent since last year when the figure was 20.1pc.
MI (Motivational Interview) Change is a recognised method that engages people’s intrinsic motivational instincts in order to encourage them to change their behaviour for their personal benefit. To sign up for MI Change call 020 8667 8414 or email [email protected]. (Source: Croydon council press release)