Nocturnal occupation of public space and crime go hand in hand

This paper finds its raison d’être in the problem raised by the nocturnal occupation of some public spaces by our young people (teenagers) in Morocco and in the city of Mohammedia in particular. The latter is known to be a very busy holiday town, especially during this summer period, when its volume doubles or even triples or even quadruples.

It is undeniable that in Mohammedia, but not that, some of the nocturnal occupations of public space constitute a problem because, due to circumstances and youthful enthusiasm, they lead to disturbing noise pollution, a feeling of insecurity, to deviant behavior (nocturnal destruction ). , garbage, etc.), in short the whole spectrum of petty crime and sometimes even a little more.

Embarrassing for the residents, who have only eyes left to mourn their sleepless night. Because it is clear that this often juvenile and nocturnal crime in public space overflows, sometimes beyond the night, until the first light of day, or even more. This also raises questions about parental responsibility.

Under other skies and elsewhere, as indeed under ours, measures have therefore been taken to remedy this by texts, constitutional, legislative or executive decrees, as is the case at the moment with the health emergency and its special measures. As soon as legislation is applied, whether preventive or public safety or repressive, they have this corrective aspect to the negative representation of a nightlife for our youth. It is also a matter of valuing their profession, as it is also true that in certain parts of our cities there is an obvious lack of nightlife provision for our young people.

It is obvious that this lack of nightlife places forces them to consume outdoors or in inappropriate places by default, thus trampling on the freedom of others. On the other hand, seen from all angles, political action towards nightlife towards this category of the population tends to be above all repressive and not educational or preventive, whereas it is due to issues not only political, but social and cultural. .

Having said that, whether in Rabat, Madrid, Paris, London or elsewhere, the efforts of public authorities for security must be essentially, if not inherently, oriented towards residential comfort, to which can easily be added philosophical concepts of life such as ” public tranquility’ or a ‘peaceful environment’.

These two concepts, let it be said, refer in the same way to a public space freed from the nuisances that limit residential comfort and where a visibility of bad morals, say, the consumption of alcohol or the sale of drugs appears there as so many violations of the public peace.

These residential values ​​must be included in all public spaces to promote a pleasant interaction between city dwellers and an environment where young people find their place. Risk and insecurity will thus be excluded, because the security dimension is linked to the environment and the quality of life for the local residents, where calm, cleanliness and comfort must be the benchmarks for public efforts in these spaces.

Maybe it disappears in dreams. To return to reality, the various policies implemented in Morocco, whether at the municipal (municipal) level or at the public authorities, have never translated a real desire for action in the public space to change them negative pregnancy and limiting certain behaviors likely to reduce their sense of security and their home comfort.

Physically, streets, roads, alleys full of holes to remain politically correct, left to the vagaries of time, even preventing the use of intervention as soon as the emergency announced to reduce criminal and uncivil acts to a minimum. , as well as certain annoying behaviors and other nuisances, especially in these times when “Achoura” obliges, backlash-led staccato will be in full swing.

Morally, it is short, the local resident is left to his fate by the public authorities and other elected officials. If we have insisted so much on rudeness, it is to testify to the importance of acting not only on criminal acts, but on nuisances, on acts that may annoy or spread a sense of insecurity to the residents of the city of Mohammedia and others places in Morocco that experience it to the fullest during this summer and holiday period.

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