Inevitably when I hear people are reticent to go to a certain area it is due in part to a lack of footfall and feeling vulnerable because of this. It was notable that at the height of the Pokémon craze, areas that were once hotspots for ASB, were full of happy people engaged in a past time they enjoyed, thus cancelling out or reducing that ASB through their presence. Skegness had its graffiti gnome craze, Lincoln had knights, we already have community art such as the aluminum fish. There are geocaches throughout the town that people come to find. A simple, well planned, well placed series of collectible art or objects (even if that is via peoples desire to photograph and put on Instagram), brings people to places, and can be done in a way that cannot be vandalized or spoiled. Good people can drive out the fear of the bad, and the more people we get in the town centre, for as many positive reason as possible, reduces the ability of those who would cause ASB or crime.
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