Extra police to tackle street crime
Police are to step up patrols in the Lower Falls area of west Belfast in a clampdown on anti-social behaviour and car crime.
Officers said the special two month operation had been triggered after concerns were raised by members of the community. They said a zero tolerance approach toward offenders would be taken.
PSNI area commander for west Belfast Chief Inspector Emma Bond explained why patrols were being ramped up.
"We have listened to the concerns of the community and we are now taking steps to tackle the issues raised by increasing our police presence in the area in the run-up to Christmas and into the New Year," she said.
"From Monday, there will be an increase in the number of police patrols in the area on a daily basis. This will include officers from the local neighbourhood team, the auto-crime and operational policing teams and response officers as well as tactical support officers.
"We will be operating a zero tolerance policy in relation to anyone involved in anti-social behaviour, vehicle crime or any other criminal activity. We will be taking robust action against anyone whose behaviour has a detrimental effect on the quality of life of local residents.
"As well as patrolling the area, police officers will be taking the opportunity to talk to local residents and hear about the issues of most concern to them."
Ms Bond said police would be working with other statutory agencies and urged members of the public to assist the PSNI operation.
"We need local residents to report anti-social behaviour and criminal activity to us," she said. "If we are not aware of it we cannot tackle it. By working together, we can make a difference."
Police can be contacted at Grosvenor Road station on 0845 600 8000 or at NPTGrosvenorRoad@psni.pnn.police.uk via email.