BURGLARY, arson and anti-social behaviour will all top police priorities in Caia Park for the next three months.
At a meeting police and Caia Park community councillors agreed they needed to work together to make them police priorities.
Acting Inspector, Sgt Paul Wycherley, went through the August crime statistics with councillors and said police were targeting particular troublemakers in the area.
He said: “We know who causes us the most problems and we target them.
“For example, there were 18 people causing a disproportionate amount of trouble, we did research, found who these people were and targeted them.
“Some of this has led to charges and court appearances.”
Cllrs Carrie Harper and Keith Gregory both questioned police about arson given the recent spate of car fires in August.
Sgt Wycherley said: “We have had one arrest but it is very difficult to investigate.
“We are meeting the fire and rescue service arson reduction team to make sure we are not missing a trick.
“I think we are doing very well on this issue, but we need to make sure we are not missing anything.
“If this is important to this community council then let’s do something right away.
“If you tell us what the most important areas are then we can work at tackling them.”
Sgt Wycherley had particular concern about non-domestic burglaries of which there had been 13 in Caia Park during August, a statistic that has been consistent for the last four months.
Sgt Wycherley said: “We are desperately trying to drive down burglaries, especially those in buildings other than dwellings.”
Council chairman, Cllr Marc Jones, said he would like anti-social behaviour to be tackled as a priority for PCSOs.
He said: “We have got arson and burglaries, but we have to be realistic in what PCSOs can do and anti-social behaviour is something they can intervene in.
“It is nice to see the stats are going down, unfortunately they aren’t going down quickly enough.”
Over the last three months crime in Caia Park has fallen. In June there were 153 incidents, in July 146 incidents and in August 142.
These statistics include a variety of crimes, and ranged from drug possession to robbery and sexual offences.
In a bid to work more closely with the council Sgt Wycherley said an inspector would be attending the Caia Park meetings for the foreseeable future to discuss the issues.