A MAJOR crackdown is promised on booze-fuelled crime as part of a three-year blueprint for policing in Wrexham and Flintshire.
According to North Wales Police Authority, tackling alcohol-related anti-social behaviour is a priority for people living in the area.
Chairman Councillor Ian Roberts said many of the problems were caused by young people and children as young as 12.
The concerns of the Police Authority and the Force were underlined recently by a survey conducted by the Wales Centre for Health and the National Public Health Service for Wales.
It revealed that a quarter of 13-year-olds in Wales had been drunk more than once. By the time they are 15, more than half of boys and girls have been drunk at least twice.
North Wales Policy Authority and North Wales Police are due to publish their three-year strategic plan in June.
Other strands of the strategy include providing a higher quality of service; improving the safety of children, young people and other vulnerable people and improving the prevention, investigation and detection of serious and violent crime.
Cllr Roberts said: “The issue of the alcohol-related anti-social behaviour has been flagged up by the people of North Wales as a major priority for them.
“This has become clear through canvassing public opinion in a variety of ways, including market research and public meetings.
“Anti-social behaviour, loutish behaviour and also drinking in the street is a matter of serious concern.
“It can have a serious effect on the quality of life for people – that message came through loud and clear and we have listened.”
He added: “North Wales is undoubtedly one of the safest places in the UK but that is not the perception of the people who live here.”