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Get Involved With Safer Town Centres

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Residents are being invited to get involved in Safer Town Centres, the innovative new partnership campaign taking place across the County Borough.

Essential advice and information, crime-busting tools and even free dog microchipping will form a part of Safer Town Centres – and people are urged to get involved, by visiting their local event!

Rhondda Cynon Taf Community Safety Partnership, which coordinates and drives the efforts of all agencies working to reduce crime in the county borough, has launched Safer Town Centres as a direct response to community concerns.

Expert engagement officers from the partnership have spent time in the town centres of Tonypandy, Pontypridd and Aberdare to secure the views of people from all walks of life, securing the information, concerns and intelligence needed to form a plan of action that will be delivered in the coming weeks.

Issues as far reaching as anti-social behaviour and alcohol misuse, bad parking, litter and even stray dogs will be addressed during the campaign, which is being delivered by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, South Wales Police, British Transport Police and RCT Homes.

A key element of the campaign is engaging with those who live, work and socialise in the town centres, ensuring they have the information and support they need. As such, advice stands will be open from 10am to 2pm on each of the days.

People can meet the Community Safety Team, find out more about what is going on, discuss concerns, secure advice and share their views.

Free microchipping delivered in partnership with RCT Homes and the Dogs Trust has also been organised as responsible dog ownership, including microchipping and reducing the instances of stray animals, is a key issue for communities.

There are also loads of leaflets, posters, mobile phone charms and purse bells so residents can protect themselves.

The public events , which run from 10am to 2pm, are:

Friday, June 27 in Aberdare (free dog chipping from 11am to 2pm)

Friday, July 4 in Pontypridd

Wednesday, July 16 in Aberdare

Wednesday July 23 in Tonypandy (free dog microchipping from 11am to 2pm)

Friday, August 1 in Tonypandy

Wednesday, August 6 in Pontypridd (free dog microchipping from 11am to 2pm)

Friday, August 15 in Tonypandy.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Community Safety Partnership comprises the agencies that work together to tackle a wide range of crime, disorder and crime-prevention issues in a coordinated and effective manner. The partnership coordinates and drives the activities of organisations including Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, South Wales Police, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, British Transport Police and more.

Cllr Paul Cannon is chair of the Community Safety Board that oversees the partnership’s activity. He said: “We are proud of our town centres and seek to take every opportunity to strengthen their positions as destinations in which people can live, work and socialise.

“A key element of this is addressing the issues our communities have told us exist via consultation, which are associated with our town centres.

“This includes parking, disorder in parks, alcohol-related crime, retail crime, anti-social behaviour and irresponsible dog ownership.

“We are now responding to those concerns via Safer Town Centres and invite people to get involved and come along on the days”

Follow @SafeRCT1 on twitter for the latest news, information and updates as they occur.

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