Marlow Town Council (MTC) has developed a scheme to combat anti-social behaviour in the two MTC-owned green spaces in the town, Seymour Park Recreation Ground and Gossmore Park.
The bespoke initiative, created in conjunction with 4front Security, will be one of the first of its kind to use a private company of licensed operatives with the authority to protect a town’s recreational areas.
Calling upon experience in the close protection industry, 4front Security worked with Marlow Town Council during the recent occupation of Seymour Park Recreation Ground by travellers. Following this incident, the company conducted research into using security patrols overnight there and at Gossmore Recreation ground. There have been significant reports of antisocial behaviour at both of these sites, which the police are aware of.
At a MTC meeting last week, a scheme to continue night patrols for both these sites was agreed by Councillors as a pilot scheme for a period of one year. A highly trained mobile patrol Security Officer will visit both sites twice every night of the year. The patrols will be highly visible and the officers will not only be a visible deterrent to crime but will also move people on that are committing anti-social behaviour on the site. The operatives will share all intelligence with the police and gather additional surveillance material.
“We’ve been aware of this problem for some time,” Mayor Richard Scott said. “We’re delighted to be the one of the first town councils to use a private company to protect our green spaces from anti-social behaviour, and we hope and expect the pilot scheme to have a positive effect on the safety of the town.”