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1,500 incidents aided by Bournemouth town rangers
12:00pm Monday 22nd October 2012 in News
IN JUST a month and a half, three Bournemouth town centre rangers have helped on more than 1,500 incidents.
The new team, who are dedicated to keeping the town clean and safe, tackle everything from anti-social behaviour to graffiti and giving directions to tourists.
Over the last six weeks, the trio, who are funded by the new Business Improvement District (BID), have become a familiar sight in the town.
Mrs Taylor said: “We act as a visual crime deterrent.
“We help to reduce anti-social behaviour, such as begging and shoplifting, and any activities that have an impact on businesses in the area. But we do all sorts of other things too – in a lot of ways, we’re like a mobile tourist information centre.”
The rangers are on duty from Monday to Saturday, and spend the day walking through the town centre.
When they spot anything important, like a missing drain cover or a new patch of graffiti, the incident is logged on an iPhone app, and if necessary, the police or the council are told.
Mr Darke said: “We’re also first aid trained.
“The other day, a chap collapsed in the library, and I went straight there when we heard it on the radios to administer first aid until the paramedics arrived.”
The rangers have a close relationship with Dorset Police, and the two regularly communicate over radio. In just over four weeks, we’ve made 200 reports to the council on issues like littering, graffiti, abandoned bikes and fly tipping,” said Mr Darke.
“At the beginning, we were getting a lot of people coming up and asking who we are, but soon everyone will be used to us. The reaction has been quite positive – generally, the people who don’t like to see us are those doing something wrong.”
Two new rangers, who are currently being trained, will join the team at the end of the month.
The Business Improvement District was created when town centre businesses agreed to pay a levy on their business rates to fund improvements to the town