Safe, Secure Streets : a successful case study

Cynon Valley Business Crime Reduction Partnership

Location: Cynon Valley

This partnership between the local authority, Police and businesses was established to reduce crime and the fear of crime in Aberdare town centre, with a particular focus on cutting violence in the night-time economy. A business crime coordinator was appointed, enabling information on crimes and criminals to be shared between all partners on a regular basis. The use of photographs of target criminals soon led to arrests and an exclusion scheme being set up to bar offenders from members’ premises.

The project now encompasses many fee-paying businesses, whose contributions have paid for a radio link system and enabled the launch of a safe child scheme. Night economy initiatives, including a successful application for Home Office funding for high visibility policing and the purchase of unbreakable plastic glasses for town centre pubs and clubs made a significant contribution to reducing violence over the festive season.