Today South Wales Police have been meeting members of the public – including cyclists – at the Penarth end of the Cardiff Bay Barrage and introducing them to what they call “TREV “
“TREV” is an acronym for “The Reassurance and Engagement Vehicle” – a mobile caravan, something similar to a mobile burger bar – but without the burgers.
The TREV ‘mobile information unit’ had been deployed specifically because of worrying numbers of bike thefts in the Penarth Marina and Barrage area and, using TREV’s facilities, also showed local residents how to set about reporting a crime to the police.
The TREV unit was supposed to have been at the Barrage yesterday and had been publicised on Facebook – but there was a last-minute change of plan and the unit arrived there today instead – manned from 10:00 through until 13:00 by around half a dozen police officers and PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers) .
Any passing cyclists were able to call in and get their bikes security marked and other passers-by could also pick up crime-prevention hints and tips and to speak to local police officers and members of the neighbourhood policing team about their concerns.
Inspector Gary Smart – who runs Penarth Police station – said: “We want to make it as difficult as possible for bike thieves.”
Inspector Smart said “TREV provides a great opportunity for members of the community to meet our officers in an informal setting, and to seek advice in relation to any aspect of crime prevention or tell us about any issues in their area that may be concerning them.”