The latest crime figures for Penarth show that a total of 97 crimes were committed in the town in August 2018 within a total of 286 “occurences” – the vast majority of which were incidents of anti-social behaviour.
Making his first appearance before Penarth Town Council this week was Inspector Andrew Rice – who is now in charge of policing in Penarth and the Vale of Glamorgan
Inspector Rice said the August crime figure (of 97) was 10 fewer than in July when the total crime figure was 107.
The inspector said it was unwise to draw too many conclusions from a single month’s crime figures but the August figures were marginally lower than those for August 2017.
[The crime figures for St Augustine’s Ward and Plymouth Ward continue to be wrongly amalgamated into the old – long since abolished – Alexandra Ward which disappeared in the 1990s .]
CRIME FIGURES FOR PENARTH AUGUST 2018
The crimes listed below are those for the entire town during August 2018 in all 4 current wards – St Augustine’s, Plymouth, Cornerswell and Stanwell :-
- Violence Against the Person 37
- Residential Burglary 5
- Theft of Motor Vehicle 5
- Theft from motor vehicle 5
- Other theft (usually shoplifting) 35
- Fraud or forgery 1
- Criminal Damage 6
- Drug Trafficking 1
- Other notifiable offences 2
Inspector Rice said 10 of the Violence offences (totalled across the entire town) involved “Violence with Injury”. A “burglary” recorded in the Cornerswell Ward turned out to actually be a case of an old lady who had collapsed in her home – to which entry had to be forced to come to her assistance.
The inspector told the councillors that the overall total of 97 crimes recorded for August comprised about 33% of the demands on the local police. The other 66% were incidents – or “occurences” which ” don’t end up in recorded crime”.
In Penarth in August, police actually dealt with total of 286 “occurrences” of which 97 had been recorded as “crimes”. For comparison he said that during the same August period there were 10,101 crimes recorded right across the South Wales Police area.
The 183 “occurences” in the Penarth figures which were not being regarded as “crimes” – Inspector Wright said – but as incidents of Anti-Social Behaviour.
Police he said received “numerous reports” from the public about Anti Social Behaviour in Alexandra Park . South Wales Police, he said, is working with the “Safer Vale” organisation on that issue. He appreciated however that members of the public did have difficulty in getting through on the police 101 telephone number .
Inspector Rice also referred to a spate of crimes in Penarth in which vulnerable elderly people had been defrauded by criminals “pretending to the police officers”. He said 2 arrests had now been made – with more in prospect – and there had been no further such crimes committed since those arrests were carried out.
No councillors asked the Inspector whether or not the CCTV cameras are working in the town and no councillors asked him either about the incident on Penarth Pier on Sunday which was attended by 8 police cars, Penarth Lifeboat, Penarth Coastguard and NHS paramedics.