New stats show burglaries dropped in 2021

Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show burglaries hit Gwent in 2021.

Non-residential burglaries fell 21%, while burglaries at residential properties fell 11%.

Figures show that Gwent continues to have one of the lowest recorded crime levels in the UK.

Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert said: “Keeping communities safe is a key priority for me and the significant drop in burglaries, although partly due to the pandemic, is the result of proactive policing that protects properties and tackles the criminal supply chain.

“Gwent Police’s We Don’t By Crime program helps protect our residents in their homes, businesses and communities.

“We can only protect communities on this scale with the support of our partners and we are currently encouraging local community councils to join us and use some of their allocated funding to provide crime prevention kits to residents. of their region.

“There has already been a lot of interest and I encourage community councils to come forward and find out more.”

The We Don’t Buy Crime Safer Neighborhoods program allows community councils to purchase crime prevention packs for their local residents. The packs contain SmartWater, which allows residents to forensically mark their property, and warning signs to deter thieves.

Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman said: ‘We work hard to build trust in our communities and explain the importance of home security and other measures to deter crime.

“The pandemic has changed a lot of things – from the way we work to the way we live. One of the results has been a drop in opportunistic crimes such as burglaries.

“While this decline is positive, we must not be complacent.

“Our We Don’t Buy Crime team is focused on combating acquisition crime using forensic property marking technology, local signage and other law enforcement tactics.

“Only by working together can we continue to detect and deter crime across Gwent.”

For more information visit the Gwent Police website.