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Aberdare Benefits From Safer Town Centres Campaign

Aberdare Benefits From Safer Town Centres Campaign

Dogs chipped as part of Safer Town Centres

An ongoing campaign to respond to the concerns of residents and tackle the issues that affect our town centres to ensure they remain safe, pleasant places to visit has most recently made its mark in Aberdare.

Hundreds of people were engaged with and supported by Rhondda Cynon Taf Community Safety Partnership’s Safer Town Centres campaign when it arrived in the town , as part of ongoing work that will continue throughout the summer.

Over 300 residents, shoppers and workers were engaged with as officers from a range of partner agencies arrived in town to share information, offer crime prevention advice and reassurance and deal with a range of issues.

Crime-busting gadgets to deal with mobile phone and handbag thefts were handed out, offenders were targeted and offences – from irresponsible or underage drinking to inconsiderate parking and anti-social behaviour – were dealt with.

Each of the activities carried out were as a direct response to the issues and concerns raised by those who took part in extensive Town Centre Crime Surveys, carried out by Engagement Officers from the Community Safety Partnership.

Issues identified in the surveys that were responded to in the operation included: retail crime, bad and inconsiderate parking, eco crime such as litter, graffiti and dog fouling, anti-social behaviour, alcohol and other substance misuse, prolific offending and personal safety, such as use of public transport, theft of handbags, purses and phones.

Safer Town Centres has been launched to ensure the county borough’s town centres – which continue to benefit from extensive investment and regeneration efforts – remain safe, pleasant and attractive locations in which to live, work and socialise.

It is focusing on Pontypridd, Aberdare and Tonypandy and is visiting each of the towns, in turn, on a regular basis throughout the summer.

Safer Town Centres is being delivered by the Rhondda Cynon Taf Community Safety Partnership, which coordinates the efforts of a range of organisations that have a part to play in creating safer town centres.

These include Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour, Community Engagement, Parking Enforcement, Licensing and Trading Standards teams, as well as South Wales Police, British Transport Police, RCT Homes and more.

After successful activity in Pontypridd and Tonypandy, it arrived in Aberdare at the end of last week, leading to:

Officers from across the organisations engaging with over 300 members of the public, sharing advice and information, noting concerns and more.
RCT Homes micro-chipped over 40 dogs in response to concerns about responsible pet ownership, stray dogs and dog fouling.
Licensing officers from the Council and the police visiting 12 pubs, four late-night takeaways and two off-licences to ensure compliance with the law, check underage drinking, responsible drinking and license conditions. All were found to be broadly compliant, although one will continue to work with agencies in relation to its CCTV and two were dealt with for trading outside of their permitted hours.

Paul Cannon is chair of the Community Safety Board, which drives the activity of the Community Safety Partnership, he said: “We are proud of our town centres and want them to remain as safe, vibrant places in which people can live, work and socialise.

“They are key to the ongoing regeneration of the county borough and are important destinations for our communities and beyond.

“As such, keeping them safe and ensuring they remain places where people want to spend time is key, from a community safety and a town centre regeneration point of view.

“Safer Town Centres has been designed to enable this to happen and we are proud that this ongoing campaign is based closely on the feedback the public have given us, through our consultation.

“They have told us the town centre-related issues that cause them concern or affect their perceptions of the locations and we are reacting accordingly.”

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