Guest Blog: Sergeant Nigel Callard
Following a positive start to 2017 in Monmouthshire South, where crime statistics indicated a 9.4% decrease in crime for Chepstow and a 13.3% reduction in crime for Caldicot. This has remained fairly static in the first quarter of 2017. Most other areas in the Gwent had recorded an increase in crime, but some of this would have been as a result of the new crime recording process, introduced last year.
Thefts from motor vehicles, sheds and shoplifting are the main crimes for Monmouthshire South, this covers all the areas from Tintern to Magor, having said this numbers are still low. Officers are working towards these factors, and have recently made arrests for thefts of fuel in Chepstow. A prolific shoplifter has also been arrested and two people from Newport and Cardiff have been arrested for shed breaks in our area.
On this point it is important that members of the public remain vigilant to any suspicious activity in their area. This can be assisted by ensuring that valuables are not left in sight and that vehicles as well as sheds are locked and secured.
Recently we have had some damage caused to shop windows in Caldicot Town Centre, and officers are appealing for any information about those responsible.
Our officers have conducted drugs warrants in Chepstow, and two people have now been prosecuted for these offences. We are endeavouring for a proactive approach to drugs and dealing and ask again anyone with information to please call us on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Further warrants are planned for the near future.
With regards to anti-social behaviour in South Monmouthshire there have been complaints made regarding youths in the Magor causing problems. As a joint approach with our partners we have been in the location at the times youths are normally present - as a consequence of this over forty youngsters have been spoken to and engaged with.
Another issue relates to persons sleeping rough or begging in and around Caldicot Town Centre a man has been arrested and served a Community Protection Notice to prevent further offences.
Moving onto other matters, the latest round of 'Your Voice' priorities has begun and staff are already out with surveys to identify your priorities and for us to see how we can help your community.
One of those areas is the B4235 where complaints have been made regarding offences by motor cyclists of speed and noisy exhausts - over the last few week's staff have been on patrol in this area and two tickets have been issued for speeding and a further two people have been reported for crossing double white line.
Whilst the area remains one of the safest places in Britain to live, I would continue to ask and reiterate that residents ensure that their property is secure, leaving items in the open, encourages opportunist thefts and even though the numbers are low, compared to other areas, I would ask that owners of garage and sheds review their security.
Sergeant Nigel Callard