Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Community Safety Team Proactive in Tackling Disorder

Caerphilly County Borough Council's teams of Community Safety Wardens and CCTV operators are working tirelessly to reduce levels of crime, disorder, anti-social behaviour and fear of crime in the Caerphilly county borough.

Recent figures show that for 2008/09, the team of 10 full time equivalent Community Safety Wardens attended a total of 4659 'hotspot' locations across the borough, providing a highly visible, uniformed presence to both prevent disorder and anti-social behaviour from occurring in the first place, and also to provide reassurance and help reduce fear of crime levels when disorder does occur.

In addition, the Community Safety Wardens attended every PACT meeting held, 233 in total, and referred 267 untaxed vehicles to the DVLA.

They also submitted 1042 'items on view' referrals to help prevent theft from vehicles and undertook over 7,700 hours of high visibility patrols.

Similarly for the same period, Caerphilly County Borough Council's team of CCTV operators monitored a total of 1705 situations, of which 519 developed into incidents requiring police action.

In addition, the council's mobile CCTV units were deployed on 352 occasions across the Caerphilly county borough area, which illustrates how effective CCTV is in acting as a preventative measure for deterring instances of crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.

Cabinet member for the environment, Cllr Lyn Ackerman said, "These commendable figures clearly illustrate the sheer amount of work that is being undertaken throughout the Caerphilly county borough to reduce levels of crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour and to build community confidence levels.

The Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership is at the forefront of this work, which in addition to Caerphilly County Borough Council is also comprised of agencies including Gwent Police, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Caerphilly teaching Local Health Board.

We will continue to work with our partners to ensure that this excellent work carries on for many years to come to ensure that Caerphilly county borough remains a very safe and pleasant place to live, work and visit."

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