Keeping Inverness safe for businesses and visitors

Highland Council has announced the launch of a new summer initiative in Inverness that aims to ensure the city’s streets remain safe for shoppers, businesses and visitors during the busy tourist season.

Over the summer the city sees an influx of people, who come to explore the area and take advantage of the historical and cultural attractions on offer. As a result safety becomes an important consideration for all people and businesses within the city.

Operation Respect is a multi-partner initiative that is supported by Inverness Community Safety Partnership. It will involve an increased police presence across the city, as well as the use of Inverness Business Improvement District (BID) Security Task team and Inverness Street Pastors.

“Operation Respect is a proven multi-agency initiative and together with our partners the objective is to reduce the negative effect of anti-social behaviour, violence and crime,” explained Chief Inspector Mark Mackay, Inverness Area Commander and Vice Chair of the Inverness Community Safety Partnership. “This is to provide a safe environment for people to enjoy the city over the summer period.”

“Inverness BID is delighted to be able to provide our successful Security Task team to support and contribute to this initiative,” added Malcolm Raeburn, Community Safety Manager, Inverness BID. “It will ensure that Inverness city centre remains a safe and secure place for business, their customers, staff and visitors during the summer period.”

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