A multi-agency operation took place in Pontypridd
A highly-visible crackdown on all types of crime, licensing offences and anti social behaviour within Pontypridd town centre has been hailed a major success.
Safer Town Centres Campaign was a multi agency operation coordinated by the Rhondda Cynon Taf Community Safety Partnership Community Engagement Team.
The proactive operation ran over a single day and was designed to disrupt anti social behaviour, detect licensing offences, deter environmental criminal activity, promote cleaner towns, enforce parking restrictions and address any perceived problems.
The team consisted of South Wales Police including the mounted section, Streetcare Enforcement Officers, Parking Services Enforcement Officers, Community Engagement Officers, British Transport Police, Trading Standards and Licensing Officers and the CCTV team.
The operation was 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, particularly during July and August through the Summer of Action Campaign and Operation StreeWiZe.
Through the operation members of the public were reassured of the commitment undertaken by each partner in tackling problems in the town centre by providing advice and support.
The operation was conducted in two distinct phases for daytime and nighttime. It resulted in:
2 Arrests for three offences
6 Penalty Charge Notices for unlawful parking.
1 Fixed Penalty notice for cigarette littering (£75).
1 Fixed Penalty notice for Dog Fouling (£75)
2 Fixed Penalty Notices for general littering (£75 each offence)
10 test purchases for alcohol
500 – 600 people given advice about crime prevention, rogue traders and avoiding becoming a victim of theft of personal belongings.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Community Safety Cllr Paul Cannon said: “The highly visible and proactive operation engaged with members of the public in the town centre to offer advice, guidance and enforcement. I’m pleased to say it was a great success and set a bench mark for taking this style of engagement to other town centres if required.
“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.”