Shops theft and yob conduct down in Cwmbran
8:30pm Thursday 17th January 2013 in News
SHOPLIFTING and antisocial behaviour fell in Cwmbran town centre over Christmas thanks to a campaign by Gwent Police and traders.
In December shoplifting fell by 7 per cent, while anti-social behaviour fell by 37 per cent compared to the previous month.
In total 21 shoplifters were dealt with and all stolen goods were returned following searches of their homes, not only in Gwent, but also in other force areas.
Cwmbran police officers, staff from Cwmbran Shopping and the Businesses Against Crime Partnership (CBAC) all worked together.
Police officers were based in the town centre and at the Lockgate Retail Park during shop opening hours, with one officer based in the CCTV control room so offenders and anyone acting suspiciously could be tracked.
PC John Cottrell, who organised the operation, provided crime prevention training, available to all stores in the town centre complex.
“There were over two million visitors to the town centre during December, but thanks to the communication and teamwork of officers, Cwmbran Shopping staff and the stores, we have achieved good results,” he said.
“In addition to dealing with our known prolific criminals, this year we saw an increase in first- time offenders, which shows the stores took on board our training and were being vigilant.”
Visit gwent.police.uk to find out more about the work of Cwmbran neighbourhood team.