25 April 2008
The Rhymney Neighbourhood Policing Team is conducting high-visibility patrols of local wards as part of a targeted campaign to reduce crime and disorder.
Officers are carrying out the patrols in each of the five wards. This involves all neighbourhood officers patrolling communities in one ward at the same time, providing community reassurance to local residents.
Last week, ten police officers and police community support officers, along with a local community safety warden held the first high visibility day in the New Tredegar ward.
During the day officers made one arrest for a public order offence, one car was recovered as the driver had no licence or insurance and officers have notified the DVLA about eight vehicles that were spotted with no tax.
In addition, officers conducted eight stop checks of vehicles in the area and a request has been made to Caerphilly county borough council to remove an abandoned vehicle.
Officers also used the day as an opportunity to gather local intelligence.
The high visibility days will now be held in the Darren Valley, Moriah, Pontlottyn and Twyn Carno wards throughout the next few months.
Rhymney Inspector Mark Smith, said: "Whilst officers regularly patrol their own wards, the high visibility days help to concentrate all proactive policing in an area. It's an opportunity for us to gather local intelligence and deal with any criminal or anti-social activity that we may come across. We hope that this activity will show the local community that we are committed to further reducing the levels of crime in the area and providing them with safer communities. These issues will continue to be dealt with as part of the day-to-day policing of the area."
New Tredegar ward officer, PC Iestyn Penrose, said: "I would like to thank local residents for the support that they are giving to the local PACT (Partnership and Communities Together) meeting, which was also held on the high visibility day. By voicing their concerns, we can help target the issues that matter the most to them."
Community Safety Manager for Caerphilly County Borough Council, Howard Rees said, "It is multi-agency high visibility patrols such this, that really help to reassure residents within our community, particularly our more vulnerable ones. Extra patrols help people realise that significant measures are being taken to ensure that crime levels, and equally as importantly, fear of crime levels are minimised absolutely. Our team of Community Safety Wardens do play a vital role in ensuring our local area is a safe one, and by providing a highly visible presence throughout the borough, they too help to reassure residents locally, and aid greatly in reducing fear of crime levels in the county borough.
These high visibility patrols also clearly illustrate how PACT meetings really do make a huge difference to the lives of members of the local community, in that the priorities, which residents draw to the attention of Gwent Police and Caerphilly council, are being listened to and acted upon accordingly. Long may it continue."
The next New Tredegar PACT meeting will be held at 6.30pm on Tuesday 17 June in the White Rose Information and Resource Centre. All local residents are invited to attend the meeting to discuss crime and disorder issues in New Tredegar.
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