In a period of just 12 months, crime across the Vale of Glamorgan has undergone the highest increase of any local authority area in Wales – and has risen, in just 12 months, by a staggering 19.9%.
That huge 19.9% increase in crime in the Vale compares with a far lower rise – 9.2% – across the whole of Wales.
The alarming statistics are buried in a Vale of Glamorgan Council report due to be discussed by the council’s ruling cabinet today – Monday July 3 2017.
The cabinet is also being recommended to rubber stamp an increase in the cost for operating the 77 CCTV cameras located across the area – the monitoring of which has been carried out for Vale by Bridgend County Borough Council in Bridgend since April 1st 2016.
Bridgend County Borough, however, hasn’t got enough operators to provide at 24/7 service and so – for the 8 hours of every day when no operators are on duty – a just leaves the equipment recording.
The report says that “In September 2016 there were a number of cameras that were not fully operational. As at May 2017 all cameras are operational.”
[PDN Note: However South Wales Police has yet to confirm whether any of the CCTV cameras in Penarth town centre are fully back in action. In September 2016 PDN reported – and the police confirmed – that not a single one of Penarth’s CCTV cameras was working. [ See PDN http://tinyurl.com/jolv5at ]