CONTINUED efforts to reduce anti-social and criminal behaviour on public transport services and at stations across Mid and East Antrim has been welcomed by the Chair of Mid and East Antrim Policing and Community Safety Partnership, Councillor John McDermott.
Speaking following a recent meeting with Translink, the PSNI and other associated stakeholders, Councillor McDermott thanked all those involved for their commitment to ensuring everyone’s journey on public transport is a safe and secure experience.
“For many, public transport is an essential service and is vital for helping people get to work, school and places of leisure. Unfortunately, this facility is threatened by senseless vandalism and other criminal activities.
“We are indebted to those who work so hard to maintain the safety and well-being of all public transport users. Through the ongoing work of the PCSP and the YMCA Detached Youth Work Team real progress has been made in engaging local young people in proactive activities and educating them on the detrimental impact of anti-social behaviour.
“This has been boosted by the welcome announcement from Translink and the PSNI that a ‘Safe Transport Team’ will be introduced in Mid and East Antrim.
“The joint venture will work to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour on public transport and at public transport hubs across the area with the implementation of dedicated teams using the transport network. This visual presence will not only deter anti-social and criminal behaviour but will also give users additional confidence and peace of mind when using these services.
“Mid and East Antrim PCSP works to improve community safety and to tackle anti-social behaviour at a community level and we have good working relationships with all statutory partners including the Police Service of Northern Ireland and Translink.
“We also provide funding for a number of key community interventions such as Community Safety Wardens and Detached Youth Workers from the YMCA.”
“Our thanks and gratitude are extended to both Translink and the PSNI but, as passengers and residents, we also have a role too when it comes to eradicating anti-social and criminal behaviour affecting the public transport network.
“I urge anyone who witnesses anything suspicious while using the network to report it immediately to the Safe Transport Team and encourage parents and carers to know where their children are, particularly at evenings and weekends,” said the councillor.