Anti-social behaviour operation held in Port Talbot during the summer
AN operation aimed at tackling anti social behaviour, saw police engage with the community of Port Talbot over the summer.
From June to August, Operation Pericles — which was first launched in January — allowed officers to focus on and tackle issues affecting the communities and responding to their needs.
The intention was to provide an impact on the levels of general crime and anti social behaviour in Aberavon, Sandfields and Baglan and to reassure local residents.
The intelligence led, proactive operation disrupted the activities of offenders with police working with partners, including business partners, the local authority community safety department and members of the wider police family to provide long term crime reduction solutions.
Over the summer period the Aberavon and Sandfields Neighbourhood team set up a Gazebo which was utilised for police surgeries on the Aberavon beach front near the RNLI station.
The aim was for officers to be based at the location in order to deter anti social behaviour during busy periods.
It was also the opportunity to give out Tag a Tot bands to those attending the beach with young children.
Throughout July and August over 70 people were stopped and searched and a number of alcohol confiscations were made.
A number of vehicles were also identified as potential targets for thieves, with owners given vulnerable vehicle forms.
And over the August Bank Holiday weekend, officers from the Port Talbot Neighbourhood Policing Team were deployed in various locations around the sector to carry out high visibility patrols.
They were tasked to target areas were there had been previous incidents of anti social behaviour.
These patrols resulted in almost 39 people stopped and searched and a four anti social referrals were made.
Sergeant Andy Matthews of Port Talbot Police Station, said: "Operation Pericles was seen an opportunity for us to engage with the local community and give visible reassurance dealing with the ASB problems that were arising.
"This was done every weekend during July-August and the school holiday period as this was a key time for enforcement.
"Officers were used frequently throughout the summer period at various public engagements across the town, which gave them the opportunity to speak directly with the community and highlighting the work we are doing with Pericles."
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