Candidate's pledge to tackle 'minor crimes'
ONE of the candidates bidding to become the first Dyfed Powys Police Commissioner has vowed to tackle the "minor crimes that make people's lives miserable".
During a visit to Carmarthen this week, Christopher Salmon, the Conservative candidate for the role, visited businesses and canvassed opinion around the town.
A former army officer, he will stand in the elections for the new role which begin on November 15.
Currently, the Dyfed Powys Police Authority scrutinises and holds to account the performance of the force. But from November, the authority will be abolished and replaced by a publicly-elected PCC, who will be responsible for the budget, council tax precept and outsourcing of work to other organisations, including voluntary.
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Mr Salmon, who stood as a candidate in Llanelli during the 2010 General Election, said his main focus would be on "minor crimes".
He said: "My main focus will be on those crimes that make people's lives miserable.
"Domestic violence, anti-social behaviour and vandalism.
"Minor crime is not minor, it's terrible and removes your sense of security.
"If I am elected, there will be a zero tolerance approach to that sort of crime."
Last month, Mr Salmon spent two days at the Pembrokeshire Agricultural Show, using the visit to speak up for victims of rural crime.
He said: "I am determined that if elected in November, I will act immediately to ensure that here in Dyfed Powys we do not see the six per cent rise in "agri-crime" that is currently hitting the UK.
"The elected Police Commissioner will need a firm understanding of these issues and be ready to target services to ensure that rural Wales continues to be a safe and secure part of the country to live, farm and do business in."
Having grown up on a farm in Radnorshire, Mr Salmon is determined that rural communities in the Dyfed Powys area should have just as much emphasis placed on them as the urban centres.
"Rural crime isn't just about the theft of property and livestock," he said. "It's issues like the illegal and inappropriate use of 4x4 vehicles and motorbikes, livestock worrying, fly grazing and damage to property which costs a huge amount of money, time and effort."