New CCTV cameras helping to keep Rhymney safe

8th December 2021

Six new public space CCTV cameras have been installed at key locations in Rhymney to help tackle neighbourhood crime.

The cameras, which are currently situated on Lady Tyler Terrace, Church Street, Hill Street, the junction at Merthyr Road, Dan Y Graig and the A465 viaduct junction in Pontlottyn, are complemented by adjoining lights and will help Gwent Police tackle vehicle crime and fuel theft in the area.

With the ability to be moved to different locations as required, the CCTV forms part of Gwent Police’s Safer Streets project in Rhymney – helping to crack down on neighbourhood crime, deter theft and identify suspects.

Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert said: “This project represents the result of many months of partnership work between my office, Gwent Police and the local authorities.

“I am delighted to see the money is already making a difference, and this CCTV will be a valuable tool for Gwent Police to help keep residents in Rhymney safe.”

The Home Office's Safer Streets initiative gives forces across England and Wales the opportunity to apply for grants which can be used on crime preventative measures in their communities. Almost £300,000 (£299, 777.00) of Safer Streets funding was secured from the Home Office for projects in Gwent earlier this year.

As part of the Safer Streets project in Rhymney, Gwent Police is:

  • helping increase home safety by offering free home security equipment, including improved door and window locks, to those who need them
  • helping protect residents’ valuable items from theft by delivering free property marking kits and accompanying signage
  • helping protect vehicles from crime through the installation of new public space CCTV cameras

Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman, the force’s lead on acquisitive crime, said: “We want our communities to feel safe in the areas in which they live.

“All crime has a negative impact on the public, so any measures we can take to tackle these issues and make people feel less fearful of crime is a step in the right direction.

“The tactics we’ll be using in Rhymney, as well as Pillgwenlly in Newport, are not only designed to prevent and reduce crime but also help people keep themselves, their loved ones and their cherished items safe.”