Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert has been visiting towns and communities in Caerphilly since his re-election in May.
The Commissioner has made visits to Blackwood, Caerphilly, Risca, Senghenydd and Ystrad Mynach, with more visits planned in the coming months.
As well as speaking to residents and traders about the issues that matter to them, the Commissioner has been promoting Gwent Police’s new We Don’t Buy Crime initiative, which focusses on tackling acquisitive crime such as burglary and theft.
He also took the opportunity to visit a Police and Crime Commissioner funded skateboarding session in Senghenydd, run by Positive Futures, which aims to help children to channel their energy into positive activities and stay away from crime and antisocial behaviour.
Jeff Cuthbert said: “It has been a pleasure to get out and about in communities in Caerphilly, speaking to residents and traders about the issues that are affecting them.
“As the former Assembly Member for the area and as a resident myself, I am very proud to serve the local community and I have been pleased to find that, on the whole, communities have a very positive experience of their local policing service.
“I am concerned, however, that many traders tell me they are not reporting low-level thefts or incidents of shoplifting to Gwent Police. It is essential that traders report these issues to help the police identify patterns in crime and hotspot areas. If you are a trader and have experienced these issues, then please do report it as soon as possible.”
To report an incident contact Gwent Police via 101 or @gwentpolice on Facebook or Twitter pages. In an emergency always call 999.
Find out more about the We Don’t Buy Crime scheme.