Inspector Aled George

Your latest blog from your local Inspector, Aled George, who covers the Blackwood and Risca areas

Welcome to my latest blog, summarising some of the key activity and messages for February.

Following the Christmas and New Year period, January has been a typically busy month with a number of high-profile incidents taking place in the area.

While some of the anti-social behaviour (ASB) trends have common themes and offenders, it is important to emphasise that most of the incidents you will have seen in the media are entirely unrelated.

Compared to January last year, this year we saw 20 per cent fewer ASB incidents, while broadly the same level of other crimes are taking place.

Dwelling Burglaries

Across the wider area there has been an increase in dwelling burglaries. Where forensic evidence is available this will be recovered and compared against possible offenders.

Unfortunately with the crime often being identified by victims many hours or days after occurrence these are challenging crimes to investigate, and as always prevention is better than cure.

Homes with no security measures in place are on average five times more likely to be burgled that those with simple security measures. Please take the time to read through the advice available here.

The measures taken do not need to be costly, and here are a few tips:

  • Ensure your garden fencing is in good repair;
  • Ensure side gates are locked to prevent easy access to the rear of your home;
  • Keep all ladders and tools stored away so they can’t be used to break in;
  • Consider whether valuable items can be viewed through ground floor windows.

Disorder in Blackwood

There were a number of ASB incidents and crimes that have occurred in Blackwood since the New Year, and some have gained attention on social media.

Not all issues are reported however and I am keen to emphasise and encourage the public to report all incidents; any information about these occurrences is always welcome.

Please be assured that each of the incidents have been or are being investigated.

As previously mentioned, we have spent considerable time focussing on issues in and around the bus station and Wesley Road car park in the autumn with some success.

As a result, reported incidents of ASB have halved since that period.

The individuals involved in recent disorder appear to be a largely different and younger crowd. We have identified a large number of those responsible and taken appropriate action.

I am pleased that, in the main, parents and young people have responded positively. There has been a significant reduction in the number of young people in and around the town after hours in the last few weeks.

Police and community safety wardens have provided a daily visible presence in the area and local business have been strongly supportive.

Community Event in March

Gwent Police is preparing for a big public event at the end of March in Caerphilly.

Details are still to be confirmed but the aim of the event is to bring together a number of organisations who form the Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership.

It will give those who attend an opportunity to raise any concerns and issues to those organisations – plus with some free food and activities to enjoy too.

Your Voice

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the ‘Your Voice’ process which ran in January to identify the local priorities that you wish us to address in the first half of 2020.

Full results will be published shortly and will be covered in my blog next month.

Keep an eye on our Twitter accounts – @gpcaerphilly – for regular updates on the work of the neighbourhood policing team, and you can also email me about any policing issues in our area via [email protected].

Inspector Aled George