The problem of begging on the streets of Novi Pazar has never been more visible than this summer and has largely created an ugly image of the city, Novi Pazar radio Sto plus announced today.
This was influenced by the generosity of the people of Novi Pazar, a large influx of citizens living and working abroad this year, most of whom were prevented from coming last year due to the situation with the corona virus, but also insufficient actions by the authorities to suppress begging.
The Misdemeanor Court in Novi Pazar told that radio that they had received seven reports of begging since the beginning of the year, and that all persons had been sentenced to prison.
They state that four people were sentenced to 10 days in prison, two to seven days in prison, while one person was sentenced to five days in prison.
Member of the City Council for Health and Social Affairs Fevzija Murić appeals to the police to organize actions to combat this problem more often and continuously in accordance with the law and their competencies, because the local self-government has very little room for action.
He explained that begging should be suppressed by the police and the Misdemeanor Court, with the help of the Center for Social Work.
Murić told that radio that behind the begging on the streets of Novi Pazar are organized criminal groups, which abuse women and children, and that they are all solidly taken care of through various Centers for Social Work.
“This year and last year, we asked the police orally and in writing several times to intensify the actions. On the other hand, the police claim that as soon as they go out on the field, beggars disappear from the streets very quickly, because they call each other by phone. to organize continuous actions, and not just once or twice a month with a mild effect “, said Murić.
He pointed out that the authorities even know several addresses where beggars sleep, as well as checkpoints where the organizers leave them in vans.
“I noticed that in many cities, such as Belgrade, Kragujevac and Kraljevo, the problem of begging was solved. This summer in Budva, I did not see any beggars on the streets,” claims Murić.
The problem of begging is often pointed out by local caterers, as it affects their normal functioning and disturbs guests.
Two years ago, a meeting of representatives of competent institutions was organized in this city, when it was concluded that begging can be significantly suppressed by the coordinated work of all institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations.
The idea was to bring together all institutions that have this issue in their scope, from the police, courts, prosecutors, local governments, to health, education, the Center for Social Work and the media, but today it is obvious that the meeting did not yield the expected results. .