Spotlight on Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour in Harrogate

A new initiative, Project Spotlight, launches today in Harrogate, aiming to enhance safety in the town centre by targeting anti-social behavior, street crime, and retail theft. Led by North Yorkshire Council and North Yorkshire Police, the project aims to engage residents, shoppers, town centre workers, and businesses to tackle various issues plaguing the area.

The key objectives of Project Spotlight include ongoing information gathering about crime and anti-social behavior to allocate resources effectively, collaborating with retailers and licensed premises to reduce thefts and anti-social behavior, and ensuring vulnerable individuals have access to necessary services to prevent begging and rough sleeping.

Moreover, the initiative emphasises high-visibility patrols, targeted deployments, and working with specialist teams to combat drink and drug-related crime. Additionally, efforts to ‘design out crime’ by making environmental changes to the town centre are highlighted.

North Yorkshire Council’s community safety and CCTV manager, Julia Stack, speaks with Primark store manager, Andrea Thornborrow, and North Yorkshire Police officer, PC Kelvin Troughton, at the launch of Operation Spotlight in Harrogate.

Inspector Nicola Colbourne of Harrogate Neighbourhood Policing expressed confidence in the project, stating, “Project Spotlight sees us stepping up that positive work we’ve already done with partner organisations, the public, and town centre businesses.”

Echoing this sentiment, Rachel Joyce, North Yorkshire Council’s assistant chief executive for local engagement, emphasised the importance of community cooperation in maintaining Harrogate’s safe reputation, inviting public and business support for the initiative.

Recent statistics reveal the efficacy of police patrols, with 10 arrests made and proactive measures taken in response to anti-social behavior. Inspector Colbourne praised the town’s safety record, reiterating the commitment to making Harrogate even safer with community collaboration.

North Yorkshire Police’s PC Xavi Lopez, front, and PC Tom Lister speak with members of the public in Harrogate town centre at the launch of Operation Spotlight.

Members of the public are encouraged to report any information regarding crime or anti-social behavior to North Yorkshire Police via their website or by calling 101. In emergencies, dial 999 immediately. Crimestoppers offers an anonymous reporting option at 0800 555 111.

As Project Spotlight commences, stakeholders are optimistic about its potential to reinforce Harrogate’s status as a safe and welcoming destination for visitors and workers alike.

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