Welcome to my latest Autumn Blog. The last month has been busy for our teams in Blackwood and Risca with Halloween and Bonfire night. I’m pleased to report a reduction in incidents compare to last year and data from the fire service also indicates a 15% reduction in calls. This is testament to the strong partnerships we have, especially the Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations who entertained over 200 children with Halloween events, including a trip the cinema.
The teams have also been busy completing ‘Your Voice’ questionnaires so we understand what priorities you would like us to concentrate on for the next few months. The survey is now closed and we will update you with the results for each ward area.
This week sees the launch of national firearms surrender. Several stations are open to receive firearms. Blackwood Police Station is open daily from 8am to 8pm to give people the opportunity to dispose of any unwanted or unused firearms, safely and anonymously, whether they are held lawfully or unlawfully. Please see our force website for more details.
Your neighbourhood team has set up an operation this month to tackle the anti-social use of vehicles and this also ties in with Road Safety Week (20th to 26th November 2017). I know this is an issue that has been brought to our attention numerous times over the years and will the operation will involve targeting off road bikes, speeding vehicles, parking and driver education.
We will also be paying attention to areas where vehicles are gathering and causing ASB. Thank you to South Wales Fire and Rescue, Go Safe and our Area Support officers for working with us on this.
PC Lang our crime and disorder officer has set up Operation Tinsel this month to concentrate on the increased demand in our retail areas. Officers will be conducting extra high visibility patrols to reduce crime. Please keep your belongings safe while you’re out shopping and keep items out of view in parked cars.
I recently chaired the Safer Caerphilly Partnership group last month and a relaunch of ‘After Dark’ will soon be announced. Members of this group includes licenced premises, Street Pastors, Special Constables and representatives from the Fire Service and Welsh Ambulance who all work together in Caerphilly to look after you on nights out.
Finally, I wanted to say how I was impressed with the turnout at the Risca Remembrance day parade last Sunday. The event was really well organised by the Risca Branch of the Royal British Legion and it was a privilege to take part.
Stay safe over the festive season and I will give you a full update of our work over that period in my next blog.
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