West Lancashire Borough Council and Lancashire Police are working together to keep Ormskirk safe.
Local residents have raised safety concerns in recent weeks. The Council and the Police want to re-assure people that action is being taken to tackle issues, these are isolated incidents and crime remains low in West Lancashire.
There are CCTV cameras in key places across Ormskirk town centre and the Council’s CCTV team have been working with the police to tackle youth gangs suspected of anti-social behaviour and burglaries in Ormskirk and arrests have been made.
The Council is continuing to provide £88,000 of funding to Lancashire Police to have PCSOs dedicated solely to working in West Lancashire. These officers are the eyes and ears on the ground for Police officer colleagues and provide important information so they can prioritise any crime issues.
The Council and the Police are also working to support the licensed trade to help them reinvigorate the local Pub Watch scheme for Ormskirk, which will provide greater coordination aimed to prevent alcohol-related anti-social behaviour in the town.
Action is also being taken to work proactively with children in Ormskirk and across West Lancashire to warn young people about the dangers of getting involved in gangs. A film called ‘Crossing the line’, commissioned by the West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership, shows the risks and consequences of joining organised crime gangs, and aims to discourage young people from getting involved in crime and gang culture.
The Council and the Police are leading partnership members and police officers have shown the film and given accompanying talks to more than to 2,000 schoolchildren aged 11-13 across West Lancashire in the current academic year. This has been well received by local schools and planning is underway to repeat the exercise in the future.
Chair of the Community Safety Partnership, Heidi McDougall said: “The Council, Police and wider partners of the Community Safety Partnership are working closely together to tackle the issues that residents are highlighting about the safety of the borough. The work that is taking place is achieving good results.”