Vandals warned to 'Respect your Street'

The Advertiser Series: Durham Constabulary has launched a campaign calling on would-be vandals to think about their actions and respect their streets Durham Constabulary has launched a campaign calling on would-be vandals to think about their actions and respect their streets

POLICE in Darlington are supporting a campaign to raise awareness among vandals of the impact of their actions on the town.

The Respect Your Street campaign will run throughout the summer and will aim to educate offenders about the effects and consequences of their actions on victims.

Rather than focusing on traditional methods of punishment such as arrests and court convictions, other methods of dealing with offenders will be highlighted.

These include working with social housing providers and other agencies, meaning that those caught committing acts of criminal damage could potentially see their housing tenancies or benefits affected.

Officers will also look at using Restorative Approaches which help offenders understand the impact of their crimes on people’s lives.

Supt Kerrin Smith, who is co-ordinating the campaign for Durham Constabulary, said: “Nobody wants to live in an awful place and some of the mindless damage to things like bus shelters and scratching a car do matter to people.

“We want those who commit such crimes to take a real hard look at what they are doing and the impact this has on their friends, neighbours and family.”

Posters will appear on social media along with the hashtag #respectyourstreet and displayed around town centres, schools and public buildings.

As well as the publicity campaign there will also be increased patrols, town centre curfews, weeks of action, visits to schools and a video which will be shown to pupils in the run up to the summer holidays.

People who commit criminal damage will not only receive a criminal record but can expect an £80 fixed penalty notice or even a custodial sentence.

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3:54pm Thu 8 May 14

Homshaw1 says...

So who are all these people in the photograph and what part do they have to play?

Darlington police are great at PR but when it comes to controlling crime and getting criminals off the street they are dire.
So who are all these people in the photograph and what part do they have to play? Darlington police are great at PR but when it comes to controlling crime and getting criminals off the street they are dire. Homshaw1
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5:45pm Thu 8 May 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

Ah the good old softly softly approach. It hasn't work thus far and I see no reason why it'll work in the future.
Ah the good old softly softly approach. It hasn't work thus far and I see no reason why it'll work in the future. thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
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6:53pm Thu 8 May 14

oliviaden6 says...

Bill Dixon not there on freebee photo shoot, obviously nothing in it for him?
Bill Dixon not there on freebee photo shoot, obviously nothing in it for him? oliviaden6
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7:11pm Thu 8 May 14

laboursfoe says...

Half of these scumbags don't even have respect for themselves let alone their surroundings!!

An uphill struggle ahead!!
Half of these scumbags don't even have respect for themselves let alone their surroundings!! An uphill struggle ahead!! laboursfoe
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