A highly-visible crackdown on all types of crime, licensing offences and anti social behaviour within the County Borough’s town centres will be launched this week.
The Safer Town Centres Campaign is a multi agency operation coordinated by the Rhondda Cynon Taf Community Safety Team.
On Wednesday (June 11) the first of the operations will take place in Pontypridd town centre and throughout the summer the campaign will also be undertaken in Aberdare and Tonypandy.
The proactive operation will be run during June, July and August and is designed to tackle crime, disrupt anti social behaviour, detect licensing offences, deter environmental criminal activity, promote cleaner towns, promote safety, enforce parking restrictions and address any perceived problems.
Visitors to the town centre will see that organisations are working closely together to tackle prominent issues and will feel more confident that town centres are a safe place to visit and socialise at any time during the day or evening.
The team consists of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Community Engagement officers South Wales Police, Streetcare Enforcement Officers, Anti Social Behaviour team, Parking Services Enforcement Officers, British Transport Police, Trading Standards, Licensing Officers and the CCTV team.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, Tourism and Heritage, Cllr Paul Cannon QPM said: “The operation is designed to reduce crime and the fear of crime by raising public awareness of the multi-agency work being undertaken throughout the whole of the County Borough.
“Through the operation members of the public will be reassured of the commitment undertaken by each partner in tackling problems in the town centre by providing advice, guidance and enforcement.
“This campaign lends itself to community engagement and provides a number of opportunities to forge links between the community and partner agencies.
“We look forward to further partnership work in addressing this particular matter. Together we can get to the heart of an issue, establish its causes and then ensure all agencies that can make a contribution and a difference, do so.”
Another of the partners involved in the campaign is RCT Homes whose Community Safety Officers have been trained and sponsored by Dog Trust Wales.
They are offering free dog micro chipping and voucher scheme for Neutering in several town centres throughout the summer. This will take place in Aberdare (June 27, 11am-3pm), Tonypandy (July 23, 11am-3pm) and Pontypridd (August 6, 11am-3pm)