Take care of children in the Klützer Winkel

Kluetz.Klützer Winkel is a quiet, peaceful region. There are no big cities there, instead there are dreamy villages, mansions, meadows and fields. What is comfortable for holidaymakers and day tourists certainly seems too boring for some children and young people. For the complaints about vandalism, bullying and public consumption of alcohol among young people in Klütz as well as in Boltenhagen and other municipalities in the region are increasing. Now entrepreneurs, social workers and local politicians have responded. A poster campaign pointing out the dangers is at least a start to tackling the problem.

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Months of searching for a solution

For several months, representatives from municipalities and authorities have been dealing with the growing problem and trying to find reasons for the predominantly illegal consumption. Too often, she concludes, children are not old enough to drink alcohol. Cannabis or harder drugs are still banned. In addition, groups of children and young people rarely just indulge in their intoxication. The groups bully passers-by or damage communal facilities and private property.

Police and security service more in action

Boltenhagen Mayor Raphael Wardecki: The larger the group grew, the more complaints about property damage and bullying were received.

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Not only are the police more often on patrol in the Klützer Winkel for these reasons, a security service commissioned by the spa administration in Boltenhagen has also regularly visited the youth groups’ meeting places and dissolved the meetings. “It always starts with five to ten young people and children and has already grown to 30 people,” says Boltenhagen’s mayor Raphael Wardecki (The Greens). Young people from Grevesmühlen and the surrounding area would have joined Boltenhageners and Klützern. The larger the group grew, the more complaints were received about property damage and bullying. The mayor says police and security services intervened as early as possible. “There was a good collaboration, and it helped a little bit.”

Street workers could help

On behalf of all the mayors of the district district administrator Tino Schomann (CDU) he asked for support to help with the problem. “Street workers would be another building block,” Wardecki says, because school social workers or youth club leaders have only enough influence on school or meeting place premises. Street workers could visit the gathering places and influence the young people.

Many meeting places in Klütz and Boltenhagen

Not only in the Baltic Sea resort, there are several places where young people meet to “hang out”. In Boltenhagen it is the forecourt to the pier, the park behind the fire station, but also the jungle and the area around the allotment gardens. There are also various meeting places in Klütz where, according to local residents, different groups gather and at least spread unrest. Behind the church on the north side there are many evenings where young people get drunk and throw around with bottles. The bus stops on Wismarschen Strasse are other meeting places where the empty beer bottles and crates often still stand in the morning after a party.

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29 juvenile delinquency in three months

Police in the Grevesmühlen district have so far registered 29 crimes committed by young people in the first quarter of 2022. In 2021, there were 201 criminal offenses committed by young people, 256 in 2020 and 225 in 2019. In the annual balances, four to seven additional offenses were committed in in connection with alcohol consumption.

Wide range of crimes

According to police information, these are a large number of crimes. This includes property damage, bodily harm, theft, insults, resistance to officials and false suspicion. But young people were also charged with crimes against sexual self-determination. In one case, a juvenile prison sentence must have been imposed.

Even “Criminal Dangerous Crimes” appear on the list. These include arson, causing an explosive explosion, dangerous interference with road traffic, drunkenness or lack of assistance. There were also violations of the Art Copyright Act, the Traffic Act, the Drugs Act and the Firearms Act. For comparison: A total of 6,123 criminal cases were solved in the area of ​​the entire Wismar police station in 2021.

In the city of Klütz there are bus stops like here on Boltenhagener Straße, where young people meet to drink.

In the city of Klütz, bus stops, such as here on Boltenhagener Strasse, are meeting places for young people to drink.

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Concerns about alcohol and drugs

That trouble, including crime, springs from young people’s meeting places is something that local politicians want to change in their localities. But they are also concerned about children’s health and development. “They are getting younger and younger, and it is not only alcohol that is consumed in these groups,” says Damshagen’s mayor Mandy Krüger (WFA). Weeds are smoked and other substances are also involved.

Parents grew up in shelter

Mandy Krüger, mayor of Damshagen municipality.

Mandy Krüger, mayor of Damshagen municipality.

Mandy Krüger suspects that parents are often unaware that their children may be having problems. “They probably do not really notice the dangers of drugs and alcohol because they have grown up in shelter here,” says the mayor. “In GDR times, everything was a village here, including Klütz. Here were cigarettes and alcohol, and we must have smoked in secret, “she says. But she can not remember the excesses of youth. From their point of view, the protection of minors was observed more strictly in the GDR than today. “For us, the disco started at 7pm and at 10pm the light came on to send everyone home who was not old enough. Everything only starts at 11 pm today, ”says Mandy Krüger. It also gives 16-year-olds the urge to be out late at night.

Kids with a beer crate, a girl with a liquor bottle: do adults usually find it these days?  The posters ask this question.

Kids with a beer crate, a girl with a liquor bottle: do adults usually find it these days? The posters ask this question.

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Posters are meant to wake up parents

With posters showing children and young people in clear poses while drinking alcohol or taking drugs, local politicians will shake up the other adults in their cities. The question “Normal?” posed on pictures showing children with a box of beer. The question “Leisure?” is adorned in a picture showing a huddled girl drunk. They were hung up where children and young people meet and where they buy alcohol, for example on Boltenhagener Straße in Klütz, where there are several discount stores.

Loritta Preuschoff and Konni Patynowski in the supermarket at the market in Klütz have also seen children who want to buy beer or sparkling wine from them. They joined the initiative and hung the posters up in their shop window. “Alcohol for minors, we do not.” Every few weeks, someone would try, “but it does not work for us. We also ask for ID when buying tobacco and cigarettes,” says Konni Patynowski. But if the children send an 18-year-old in front, the operators of the stores could do little.

By Malte Behnk

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