Posted on 3rd November 2020 at 13:09
Having been contacted by a local resident complaining about the frequent incidences of anti-social behaviour, we decided to examine the possibility of providing CCTV coverage.
There are many types of issues that residents are increasingly disturbed by: boy racers, drug dealing and the extensive amount of drug debris strewn over the area. Hotspots of unacceptable criminality include Spearpoint Pavilion, shops and flats at Richmond Drive and the area by the Co-op in Faversham Road. Fly-tipping is another increasing problem.
Anti-social behaviour is not new to Kennington but recently there has been some increment, which has been linked to lockdown causing teenagers to become frustrated. As a Council we encourage residents to report such activity to the authorities, so that it can be reduced.
More facilities for the use of young people (such as a new Bockhanger community Hub, for instance) are an important tool to facilitate more worthwhile and appropriate attitudes. However, recording crime is an effective method of detection and deterrence.
At a recent council meeting the issue was fully debated and it was agreed to work towards the purchase of a mobile CCTV camera to be used throughout Kennington.
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