As part of neighbourhood policing week, we sat down with Inspector Lysha Thompson to talk about her team’s work on the Safer Streets project in Rhymney.
In 2021, we were successful in securing a significant amount of funding to help us tackle neighbourhood crime in both Rhymney and Pill.
The Home Office's Safer Streets initiative gives forces across the country the opportunity to apply for grants that can be used on crime prevention measures in their communities.
The main objective for us in Rhymney was to use the funding to reduce acquisitive crime and neighbourhood crimes like burglary and theft – thus improving the quality of lives of residents, or those working in or visiting the area.
We started work on delivering the project at the tail end of last summer, and this work will continue over the coming months.
Did you know?
As part of the Safer Streets project in Rhymney, Gwent Police is:
• helping increase home safety by offering free home security equipment (including improved door and window locks, security night lighting and home CCTV cameras) to those who need them
• helping protect residents’ valuable items from theft by delivering free property marking kits and accompanying signage
• helping protect vehicles from crime through the installation of new public space CCTV cameras.
I’d like to use this blog as an opportunity to thank our local community support officers (CSOs), who’ve played an instrumental role in the delivery of the scheme up to now.
Part of the project involves delivering home security improvements to those who need them in the Moriah, Pontlottyn and Twyn Carno wards – and back in August/September our CSOs undertook 500 home surveys and spoke to people living in the area about what measures we could offer (at no cost to the resident).
We’ve also spoken to over 300 residents across five local events. At these events, our CSOs have introduced the Safer Streets project, shared crime prevention advice, assessed the home-owner’s need for additional home security equipment and delivered crime prevention packs.
The packs, which contain SmartWater property marking kits, allow people to mark their valuable possessions with an invisible ink – making them easier to trace, and return, if stolen. When used alongside signs displaying you’re using SmartWater, they become an effective deterrent.
Throughout the process, our officers’ ability to forge effective partnerships has been vital. They’ve worked with the local council, local schools, police volunteers and our Heddlu Bach (mini police) to promote the project and its key crime prevention messages.
While we’ve already installed additional CCTV cameras in the area as part of the project, delivered crime prevention packs and, just last week, started to deliver home security equipment, the project is ongoing – but it’s already having a positive impact on the area, receiving great feedback from the community and local councillors, and showcasing the fantastic enthusiasm and drive our CSOs have to keep our communities safe.