COMMUNITY safety officers in the borough are encouraging youngsters to be more neighbour-conscious during the summer months.

A new campaign launched by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s community safety patrol officers aims to stop any potential of anti-social behaviour in the borough.

Officers will be focusing on five key areas during the Safer Summer campaign – cycling, ball games, climbing, socialising and littering.

Historically, the borough council has seen incidents of anti-social behaviour rise during the summer months and it is hoped that the campaign, which highlights how youngsters can play outside in a way that does not impact negatively on others, will reduce the number of reports.

During the campaign, which will run until the end of August, officers will be conducting patrols to reassure communities and will be working with partner agencies to tackle antisocial behaviour.

Cabinet member for communities, culture and partnerships at the borough council, Councillor Simon Bound said: “It’s great that young people are out and about and playing during the summer months.

“This is something we want to encourage. But we want to ensure that this isn’t impacting negatively on others. Even what is perceived as ‘low level’ antisocial behaviour, when targeted and persistent, can have a real impact on individuals, communities and local businesses.

“For instance, cycling in a responsible way is great – but speeding through the town centre doing wheelies is antisocial. Climbing in play parks is something we want to promote but trespassing and climbing on other’s property is irresponsible and illegal.

“It’s great to meet up with your friends but gathering in front of shops in large groups can be intimidating to others.”

Anyone who is concerned about antisocial activities should contact police on 101.