Crime figures show that Gwent is one of the safest places in the UK

Gwent is one of the safest places in the UK according to the latest crime figures released by the Office of National Statistics.

The figures released for June – September 2020 show that Gwent has one of the lowest levels of recorded crime compared to other police force areas and that overall levels of crime have fallen since 2019.

However, police and support services are warning about the under reporting of crimes such as sexual violence and domestic abuse by victims during the Covid pandemic.

Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert said: “Gwent remains one of the safest places to live work and visit in the UK and I am reassured that this reflects the dedication and determination by Gwent Police to protect our communities.

“Reported crime has been down across the country since the start of the pandemic, however, we are particularly concerned that crimes such as sexual violence and domestic abuse are going unreported.

“Victims may be trapped at home with their abusers, or afraid that they will be in trouble for breaking Covid restrictions if they come forward.

“I know it may be difficult but if you have been a victim of these crimes I want to reassure you that help is available and I would urge you to speak out. If you don’t want to speak to the police, our partner agencies can also help and support you, and keep you safe.”

Assistant Chief Constable, Ian Roberts said: “It’s encouraging to see this drop in overall crime in Gwent. Throughout the pandemic we have worked to tackle ongoing criminal activity alongside enforcing the new legislation and regulations in a proportionate way. We have focused on opportunities to carry out proactive police operations to target the issues that matter most to people living and working in Gwent tackling drugs, thefts and safeguarding the most vulnerable members of our community.

 

“I would like to thank local communities for the part they have played in keeping themselves and others safe during this time, and also reporting valuable information to us so we can continue to take action, support those who need it and bring offenders to justice.”

Victims can report incidents to Gwent Police via 101, or call 999 in an emergency.

Help is also available through dedicated sexual abuse and sexual violence support services.

New Pathways provides rape crisis and sexual abuse support services, and specialist services for child victims of sexual abuse.

Website: www.newpathways.org.uk
Email: enquiries@newpathways.org.uk
Phone: 01685 379 310

Cyfannol Women’s Aid provide domestic abuse and sexual violence support services across Gwent.

Website: https://cyfannol.org.uk
Phone: 01495 742052

Connect Gwent victims’ hub offers a wide range of support and you do not have to have reported a crime to the police to access these services.

Website: www.umbrellacymru.co.uk/connect-gwent
Email: connectgwent@gwent.pnn.police.uk
Phone: 0300 123 2133