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'Action will be taken' on ASB, Merseyside tells homeowners

Merseyside has defended its response to ASB after some residents hired private patrols.

Complaints of anti-social behaviour will be responded to, the force has pledged to a group of residents.

Merseyside responded with a robust statement following local media reports that a group of homeowners had hired a private security firm after a series of incidents including criminal damage.

The force revealed it had taken action in the Wallasey area of the Wirral after complaints.

A group of youths have been involved in vandalising cars and intimidating people.

The private firm is offering residents regular patrols and a 24-hour number for £5 a week.

One resident told the local press: “We all had leaflets through the door from a private security firm so I decided to give them a call and now we pay for the services. None of us have been forced to join the security firm, we just want the protection.

"We've all decided to get some improved security, whether it be through the security firm or through better CCTV going up.”

They added: “It's a real shame because residents in the area have lost all hope in the powers that be."

But Merseyside said it had acted swiftly to the incidents with high-visibility patrols and a mobile police station. 

And the options of dispersal zones and plain clothes officers were not ruled out.

Community Policing Chief Inspector Tom Welch said: “Since 13 July, we have not received any reports of vandalism or anti-social behaviour on these roads. Overall, the number of reports police have had to this area, including Central Park, over the past 12 month is low.  
“Nonetheless, we completely understand the fear and disruption anti-social behaviour can cause and we are committed to making sure that everyone feels safe in their home and community.” 
The force has already introduced diversion activities to keep kids from getting involved in anti-social behaviour.

Insp Welch said: “Earlier this year a new pump track was opened up in Central Park, thanks to funding from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, to benefit young people in our community in Liscard. We welcome such opportunities to provide activities for our young people which can prevent anti-social behaviour in the long term. 

“Rest assured, where reports of anti-social behaviour are received, action will be taken to deal with anti-social behaviour in Liscard and across Merseyside.”

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