So many parked cars have been broken into in Penarth this month that South Wales Police have resorted to producing a poster highlighting the crime spate.
In a message to local motorists – and visitors – police say ” Car criminals have been busy again in Penarth . Despite a recent arrest, we’ve seen another spike in offences across the town” . Between the 1st and the 19th of February a total 21 cars and vans in the town were been broken into.
Police say the majority of offences have occurred in the St Augustine’s Ward – which includes Penarth Town Centre . They ask “people who live, work and visit the area are urged to keep their vehicles safe and secure.” and remind them that “It takes just 10 seconds to break into a vehicle….”
Meanwhile Penarth council tax-payers are having the Police Precept element of their council tax increased by Labour Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael by 4% – the fourth such inflation-busting increase .
- In 2013/14 Alun Michael increased the police precept by 7%.
- In 2014/15 he increased it by 5%
- In 2015/15 he increased it by 4.8%
Every one of the increases was well above the level of inflation – meaning that council tax payers were not getting any extra income to pay the increase in police charges .
But at least there’s more comforting news for motorists who steer clear of Penarth. Police say car crime is comparatively low across the rest of the Vale of Glamorgan – including Barry.