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Police on the Streets

POLICE took to the streets of Stranraer at the weekend as part of a unique initiative aimed at tackling vandalism.

With the problem a priority for the Stranraer police and public alike, an extensive programme of house visits were carried out in the town. Having been identified in police research as being particularly vulnerable to vandalism, three local areas were the focus of the weekend attention Trades Court to Dalrymple Street; Agnew Crescent to Sheuchan Street; and Dick's Hill.

Police talked to resident in each of the areas and questionnaires were completed for 188 of the 358 addresses they visited. A leaflet explaining the initiative was left at each home.

Stranraer area Inspector Ian Cowie said:

"While vandalism was the principal target, we were also encouraging people to give us information about other issues, including crime in general and the availability and supply of drugs.

"As Operation Emperor showed, all information we receive is evaluated and acted upon."

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