Inspector Arwel Hicks

Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Arwel Hicks, who covers the Abergavenny and Monmouth areas

The completion of another financial year allows us the opportunity, again, to reflect on the year and to see if we are heading in the right direction.  The publication of Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour figures, as a year on year comparison, looks very promising.  Monmouthshire as a whole saw reductions in Crime of 8.1%, which equates to 333 less crimes and so less victims. 

There are still areas to work on, with increases in areas such as thefts and violence without injury.  The latter being incidents of threats and harassment, many via social media.   This time of year sees an increase in sheds being broken into, so can I ask you to revise your security arrangements and let us know if you require any advice.  Many of our Community Support Officers are trained to give crime prevention advice and you can contact us either at the stations, through our website or through 101 to arrange a visit.

Anti-social behaviour saw a 20% reduction across Monmouthshire with 444 less recorded incidents.  I am very proud of our efforts in this area of policing.  Neighbourly disputes that lead to harassment can cause considerable upset to those affected and the community as a whole.  The demand these individuals cause for the Emergency Services, is real and tangible, causing officers and ambulances crews to be tied up and diverted away from other issues.  I know I have mentioned this in previous blogs but be had one of these individuals recently imprisoned and another evicted.  We work with our partners in the Council, with mental health teams and Registered Social Landlords to try and support these harassment cases, but we will use the powers at our disposal deal with anyone committing this offence.  We are also waiting for the signage for the two Public Space Protection Orders from the Council, so we can enforce these at Fairfield car park and the skate park in Abergavenny.

 With the lead up to the summer months, we will see the increase in the use of motorcycles on the roads.  We will be working with our traffic colleagues, Community Speedwatch groups and the local Council to ensure everybody’s safety.  We will take action against those who drive at speed, dangerously or without due consideration to the local residents and other road users.

Your local officers are busy and you may have spoken to local Community Support - PC Butt in Monmouth has been busy with his rural operations and I know he has a couple of further initiatives up his sleeve so watch this space.  We are also hoping to see PC Hollings back from his leave following the new addition to his family and he will be working to carry on his excellent work from where he left.

The weather is looking to improve and I was able, last weekend, to venture up the Sugar Loaf.  It was great to see a large number of children getting out and about, both in school groups and with parents and grandparents.  We have many yearly events starting this month, with Fairs and Rallies as well as many Cycling events on our roads.  Take care and enjoy them.

Until next time, take care and enjoy the weather…..whilst it holds!