Town Officials against fighting crime in Southport 

After years of anti-social behavior in Southport and Merseyside police more stretched than ever, forward thinking Councillor David Barton will introduce security guards from the Liverpool. The firm ‘Battle Investigations‘ will be equipped with cameras, CCTV vehicles and guard dogs to tackle the problem head on.

At the latest Area Committee meeting, the Cllr’s forward thinking was met with a negative response from SouthportBID.

Hugh Evans (Southport BID) We are dismayed to hear of plans being made for a ‘private army’ in Southport. We are opposed to this idea, firmly believing this is the wrong approach and an over the top reaction to the issue of anti-social behaviour in our town.

It’s an unilateral action undertaken without consultation with ourselves, Sefton Council or the police. Among many potential flaws is that it could send out completely the wrong message and could potentially damage Southport’s reputation as a family-friendly resort.

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This heavy-handed approach will simply detract from the hard work that is already being done to tackle issues to do with crime & antisocial behaviour. Southport BID is working proactively with Merseyside Police and Sefton Council to tackle the issues.

The increased patrols we requested earlier in the year were successful and our Business Against Crime network continues to deliver results. We would strongly advise businesses to think carefully before becoming involved in this scheme and others like it.

It is thought the first wave of security guards could be in Southport later this month.

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