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Levenmouth Police to launch festive safety campaign

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Police in Levenmouth are preparing to get “more boots on the ground” as they launch their festive safety campaign on Monday.

Officers are predicting a spike in violence and anti-social behaviour as people over-indulge in alcohol in the run up to Christmas.

This will mean a more visible police presence on the streets from Thursdays to Saturdays in a bid to reassure locals.

Inspector Tom Brown said: “The spirit of Christmas used to mean peace and goodwill to all men but unfortunately nowadays the spirit of choice is vodka or gin.

“We will be using a boots on the ground approach because we need to reduce anti-social behaviour and prevent crime.”

Policing local pubs, clubs and takeaways will form a large part of the focus as officers try to keep the peace.

“Unfortunately, at Christmas we have a mixed demographic who go out drinking during the day and also at night,” said the inspector.

“Anger does get vented and ends up in the pubs and clubs.”

Shoplifting will also be in the spotlight as thieves traditionally target retailers during the festive season.

“Whilst we have reduced shoplifting by over 40%, at this time of year there will be opportunistic thieves who will look to capitalise on increased footfall and steal,” Mr Brown added.

He said the local economy would undoubtedly thrive over the next few weeks and expressed hope people would feel safe shopping and socialising in Levenmouth.

The police will be helped in their task by youth groups, street pastors and others.

“The pastors will help people address their demons and any difficulties they are having,” Mr Brown said.

“There could be issues with people’s mental health because that time of year brings things to the fore.

“If it works as well as last year we should see a safe environment to go out in which is policed robustly.

“We don’t want people to think it’s a place where they can go out and misbehave.”

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