Undercover Bobbies on the Beat on the Back Streets of Cardiff
Undercover police have been patrolling the back streets of Cardiff in a renewed effort to prevent crime. With students away over the Easter holidays, the quieter streets around Roath and Cathays have offered easy opportunities for thieves.
Police are aware of the crime problem which traditionally escalates at this time of year. South Wales Police have implemented measures to counter these incidents of burglary, petty theft and vandalism by placing undercover officers in these areas. In particular, police are watchful of back lanes running behind every block of terraced houses in these usually densely populated areas.
Many student lets in Roath and Cathays are houses of multiple occupancy, so police have been contacting letting agents. Cardiff is an area where there is a lot of terraced housing. Police have been in touch with Cardiff landlords and letting agents to recommend simple tactics to disguise the fact that properties are empty, such as disposing of rubbish bags and removing uncollected mail from the door mats or letter box.
The project to counter burglary and petty crime has been dubbed ‘Operation Da Vinci’ and plain clothes police officers have already made a significant number of arrests. Since April 1st there have been 26 burglaries in the area, with thieves attracted to the rich pickings that multiple occupancy properties offer.
It is not just student accommodation in Cardiff that is at risk. Non-student properties are also vulnerable, especially if a window or door is left unlocked.
Chief Inspector Penhale suggests that: “Residents can help themselves and their neighbours by reporting any people seen loitering in the back lanes or acting suspiciously in anyway. If in doubt – please contact us.”
Cardiff Central Police Station can be contacted on: 02920 222111