We Don't Buy Crime (WDBC) blog: October to November 2022
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Our WDBC monthly blogs will provide you with an insight into the work of the team, the work they do with our partners, and a focus on how we are working to tackle acquisitive crime.
Welcome to the second instalment of our WDBC blog, the WDBC team have had another successful month. November saw a decrease in acquisitive crime offences – including theft, robbery, and residential burglary.
The team reviewed 755 acquisitive crimes in October alone, recovering £152,447 worth of stolen goods.
Over the past month, the team have:
distributed 38 crime prevention packs
forensically marked 5 bikes
forensically marked 20 catalytic convertors
deployed 4 covert assets
trained 155 people in detecting the signs of exploitation.
Huw Rowlands, the WDBC coordinator, said:
"Our team are busy providing support to our neighbourhood teams, with the aim to tackle acquisitive crime.
"We are looking to continue holding events where you can have your property (such as bicycles) marked with SmartWater into the new year. Keep an eye on our social media for the location, dates and time of these events.
"I hope this blog continues to provide crime prevention advice and inform you of what the team are doing in your local area."
Our associated harm reduction trainers reached the 1,000 milestone this month for their vulnerability and exploitation training. Karen and Natalie have trained over 1,000 people in Gwent and have developed more than 30 bespoke training packages.
Congratulations on this fantastic achievement.
The team joined Caerphilly officers to deliver an interactive lesson with the Heddlu Bach, teaching them all the benefits of SmartWater and our burglary prevention work.
Along with other partner agencies, the team attended the new SpokeSafe secure bike unit opening. While at the event, they discussed forensic marking technology and gave out free crime prevention advice to bike owners.
Finally, the team attended the South Wales Argus business awards to discuss crime prevention with a number of businesses across Gwent.
Our partners, events, and community.
Our team continue to work with the community and out partners to protect the public and businesses.
Throughout the year, they work to identify crime trends, ensure preventative work is in place, support victims of crime and identify those committing it within our communities.
To find out more about their upcoming events and where they are within the community, follow the team on Twitter or visit their page on our website.
If you would like to find out more about how the team can help you, please email [email protected].