More than ten complaints a day for uncivil behavior in Reus

Up to 4,000 reports related to uncivil behavior are issued each year, on average, by the Reus Urban Guard. The figure represents almost 11 complaints per day. The attitude of some costs the municipal coffers, as specified yesterday by the mayor of the city, Carles Pellicer, "about 370,000 euros per year", which is about 3.5 per inhabitant. In fact, as already published by the Dailyand with data from the consistory itself, only between January and September 2022 the City Council has spent 254,415 euros in the collection of bulky items abandoned on the sidewalks and in the cleaning of stains, graffiti and posters in unauthorized places.

To "stop this situation", the municipal government launches a campaign of billboards, social networks and actions on public roads under the slogan 'A casa no ho faries. When running, neither. The intervention will unfold gradually, "it will go growing» and will last «until March or April», with the aim of raising awareness among citizens against gestures of this type. The police presence, with plainclothes officers, will intensify. And the Reus Vein Associations Federation (FAVR), which brings together 32 neighborhood entities, will also play an important role in disseminating good practices.

In detail, the campaign attacks incivility from all fronts, taking into account that "it is one of the main concerns of the population", although it places special emphasis on "maintaining the quality nightlife that we have". A first package of posters that will be distributed in the coming days focuses on the garbage deposited outside the containers, the vandalization of urban furniture, the dog feces that the owners do not collect or the graffiti on facades. It is the one that has been unified under the phrase 'A casa no ho faries. When running, neither.

The vandalization of the planters

Another, pending activation in a couple of weeks, aims at nightlife and aims to avoid noise in party contexts, with the slogan 'Tinguem la festa en pau. When running, at night and party... Don't facis soroll'. In this case, the City Council tries to weave complicity with the businessmen of the sector. The action will be implemented coinciding with the peak of company dinners and the holidays, on Christmas dates but "it will also have continuity over time." Pellicer explained yesterday that "citizens are appealed to, when they go out at night, do so with respect for the rest and to have a good time without disturbing the rest of others" because "we are in favor of quality leisure and we do not want a few deteriorate it».

Closely linked to this, the mayor gave "a warning" to those who "weekend nights are dedicated to uprooting the plants from the flower boxes that we later find it difficult to replace." "We are going to review everything we have and, if cases like this are repeated, they will have problems," he stressed, recalling the theft of the Mercadal cobblestone in 2021.

But the one that the consistory has already deployed is the third of the four planned actions, in the form of posters that warn of sanctions of up to 500 euros for urinating on public roads. The signs, which this newspaper already showed in its Tuesday edition, have been installed in spaces where an accumulation of these behaviors has been detected and in the surroundings of some bars.

In this sense, the mayor recalled yesterday that "the establishments have toilets and one, when you are inside, you must think that you can use them." "We have asked the locals to facilitate this and to manage, for example, the queues that could form," he added, stressing that "it is about prevention." Regarding this infraction that covers a good part of those 4,000 annual records of the Urbana, the councilor of Seguretat Ciutadana, Dolors Vázquez, specified that it is committed by "men and women, young and old, and for this reason we do not question only one profile but all ». Along the same lines, Vázquez specified that "we are not only talking about night-time incivility, but also daytime" and that "we cannot allow them, we must be forceful and fight them."

Along with this, another of the most common anticivilian behaviors is not removing dog droppings from the street. It is precisely this that will focus the fourth branch of the 'A casa no ho faries' campaign. When running, neither. And it is that, as Pellicer specified, "if no one would leave their animal's feces in the corridor of their house, in the kitchen or in the room, it is not understood why if they do it on the street that belongs to everyone." "We don't have to walk around looking for poop on the floor to avoid it because there are dirty people who don't pick it up," he stressed. This area will be addressed from January, mainly with digital and street actions "so that it is talked about and the anti-civic feel alluded to."

The essence of the new compendium of initiatives to alleviate incivility was summed up well yesterday by the president of the FAVR, Marcos Massó: «I have two houses, mine and the city of Reus. And I don't do in that second house, in which I also spend many hours and which I also love, things that I wouldn't do in mine», he expressed. Massó finds it "incredible that, in the middle of 2022, the City Council still has to explain what should not be done." The 32 neighborhood entities attached to the FAVR will collaborate in the dissemination of the message.

“It affects the entire city, not just the center”

And it is that the gestures of incivility "affect the entire city, not only the center but this and all the neighborhoods," said Vázquez, who encouraged "working together to combat it." Pellicer, who announced "forcefulness" and promised that "we will not lower our guard", stressed that "Reus is a very beautiful city and we must not let some spoil it". The civic ordinance provides for fines of up to 600 euros for leaving garbage outside or hanging signs, and up to 1,200 for graffiti.

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