This classic Morris Minor estate car was stolen in Penarth last night

This classic Morris Minor estate car was stolen in Penarth last night

The latest crime figures presented by South Wales Police to Penarth Town Council last night show crime has risen in the town by 25% in just one month from May to June 2016

Unusually there was no police officer present to take questions from councillors about the latest rise – leaving councillors with just the stark figures to consider on paper.

The crime figures for Penarth for June 2016 are shown with the previous month’s (May)  alongside in brackets  :-

  • Burglary    5 (3)
  • Burglary Other 3 (4)
  • Criminal Damage 4 (4)
  • Drugs 3 (5)
  • Other Offence 14 (6)
  • Other Theft (Shoplifting) 21 (19)
  • Sexual Offence 1 (0)
  • Theft from Motor Vehicle 13 (2)
  • Theft of Motor Vehicle 0 (0)
  • Damage to Motor Vehicle 8 (7)
  • Violence against the Person other 13 (15)
  • Violence against the Person 13 (11)

Totals Crimes for June  98 .  Crimes for May ( 76)

The South Wales Police helicopter over Penarth Esplanade during the Summer Festival

The South Wales Police helicopter over Penarth Esplanade during the Summer Festival

Late last night, after the Penarth councillors had reviewed the latest crime figures it was reported that a classic Morris Minor estate car (see photo at top of item ) had been stolen in Penarth.

South Wales Police had warned last month of a forthcoming “spike” in crime in Penarth. The 25% increase in crime in Penarth last month follows a 25% increase in crime in Penarth in May.

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  1. The Tax payer says:

    Think you will find its much higher than this. But most people don’t report it as its a waste of time and nothing happens to the the little darlings when/if they do go to court.

    • pompousfruit says:

      It’s just an opinion expressed on a blog not a court case.

    • Lyndsay Doyle says:

      A daft opinion – “most people don’t report it”. Who says? No point having statistics if you pay attention to imaginary problems instead of real ones.

    • pompousfruit says:

      Statistics are presented in a way to obscure the truth anyway. It’s almost impossible to calculate crime figures when so many victims don’t report crime.

    • Lyndsay Doyle says:

      And again, no evidence for this urban myth, and no point making an unsubstantiated claim.

  2. Tim Hughes says:

    95 for June last year, so a 3% rise.

  3. UnhappyCitizen says:

    I knew that the rate of crime would go up when the lights get switched of in the night. It must be every criminal’s dream to come to Penarth and to take their pickings. And it’ll only get worse……

    • Martin Coffee says:

      The lights were switched off long before June.

    • pompousfruit says:

      I agree. It’s important to keep lights on at night. They used to be turned off after midnight decades ago but that was when there wasn’t a 24/7 culture. Few people worked night shifts in factories. Pubs were shut by 11pm even on Saturdays.

  4. BluesMan says:

    Big rise in car theft! The local car thief must’ve been let out of jail!

  5. Martin Coffee says:

    It’s bad enough being a victim of crime but even worse being a victim of the so called Witness Care Unit. I will never ever report a crime or make a witness statement again.

    • Penileaks says:

      I’m of the same opinion !
      I was treated as if I was also a criminal, even with my fingerprints and DNA taken as the icing on the cake.
      I’d prefer to sort things out on my own in future, if it is possible to do so.

  6. Anne Greagsby says:

    More crime – Casey Cucciniello tweets today Our family car stolen from #Penarth last night. Please share&help find @MoretotheVale @VOGCouncil

    • Andrew Davies says:

      Almost every vehicle sold in Europe in the last twenty years has been equipped with an immobiliser system which means that the vehicle cannot be “hot-wired”. To steal a car, the thief has to take the key.
      There are now almost 60 different chips used in car keys, requiring sophisticated software and dedicated hardware for programming of the key, and enrolment of the double-encrypted key into the car’s ECU.
      The figures for June do not show any car thefts – taking the vehicle itself – but they do show thefts from vehicles.
      Car keys should always be concealed to prevent opportunist theft, and valuables should always be locked out of sight, in the boot of the car.

      • 249ers says:

        The car that was stolen was a Morris Minor Traveller and probably over 20 years old.

      • Andrew Davies says:

        Yes, I am aware of that. However, as I am a qualified master locksmith of many years’ standing, a little reminder from me about vehicle security does not go amiss, I’m sure. More than 96% of vehicles on the road in the United Kingdom are now equipped with immobiliser systems, so this is relevant to the majority of drivers.

  7. says:

    Hi Our car got stolen from marine parade last night. Are you able to help spread the word? The vehicle is a 1960’s Morris minor traveller – stands out a mile so should be easy to find if the message is spread far enough. Regards Casey ________________________________

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