Partner agencies have taken to the streets of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s town centres as part of the ongoing campaign to protect the public and businesses alike.
Hundreds of people have been engaged with and enforcement action delivered as part of the ongoing Safer Town Centres operation, which is runs across the county borough throughout the summer.
Safer Town Centres has been launched as a direct response to concerns residents, businesses and shoppers raised with Rhondda Cynon Taf Community Safety Partnership staff during extensive consultation undertaken in the run-up to the operation, to ensure the needs of the public were met.
It is being delivered by the partnership, which coordinates and drives the efforts of a range of agencies working to protect the public and prevent crime, including South Wales Police, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, British Transport Police and RCT.
Pontypridd, Aberdare and Tonypandy will be the main focuses of the ongoing work, to deal with issues including personal safety, crime prevention, reducing retail theft, safety on public transport, alcohol-related crime and disorder, anti-social behaviour, environmental crime and issues in parks, including stray dogs and dog fouling.
Pontypridd and Tonypandy have already benefited from the operation, which has led to:
Community Engagement with 350 members of the public in Pontypridd and 200 in Tonypandy, talking to them about their work, issuing crime prevention advice and getting them involved.
£75 Fixed penalty notices issued to a total of six people by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Streetcare Enforcement Officers for littering and trade waste offences.
Council Trading Standards and Police Licensing patrols and inspections through both town centres and the surrounding area to ensure there were no alcohol-related offences occurring, including underage or irresponsible sales, anti-social behaviour and youth disorder.
Council Licensing Officers and Home to School transport officers joined forces with Police to check 16 taxis and their drivers at Ysgol Hen Felin, Ystrad, responding to parents’ concerns. All vehicles were found to be in satisfactory condition, but notices were issued to three drivers in relation to minor defects on their vehicles, namely faulty light bulbs.
Response to theft of money in Dunraven Street, Tonypandy, which was resolved.
Arrest of a male for theft after he grabbed an armful of clothes from a rail in Soraya in Dunraven Street, Tonypandy.
Female wanted for theft arrested and charged after being found in Dunraven Street, Tonypandy.
Cllr Paul Cannon, Deputy Leader of the Council and Chair of the Rhondda Cynon Taf Community Safety Board, which oversees the partnership’s work, said; “We are proud of our town centres and know they are important locations in which people live, work and socialise.
“A key part of this effort is responding to community concerns and working with those in our town centres to ensure they remain safe, tackle crime and the fear of crime and ensure people have the information and tools they need to protect themselves.
“We used extensive consultation in our town centres to identify the issues that matter the most to people and Safer Town Centres is the ongoing response to that.
“We are lucky to be able to have a strong partnership comprising many agencies that all work together in order to secure successes such as this, dealing with a wide range of issues from underage drinking, securing a safe and responsible drinking environment, dealing with eco crime such as litter and graffiti, targeting those who offend and whose behaviour creates a negative perception of our town centres and addressing issues such as crime prevention, personal safety advice and more.
“Safer Town Centres will continue to run throughout July and August and we invite residents to come along and meet the team at the information stands so they can find out more, get involved and further benefit from our efforts.”
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