Neath Port Talbot’s Community Safety Partnership is calling on the public to report any incidents of antisocial behaviour in Neath town centre to South Wales Police.
The Community Safety Partnership is a joint approach between South Wales Police, Neath Port Talbot Council and other support organisations to tackle antisocial behaviour and criminal activity in Neath town centre and elsewhere in the county borough.
Local Police Inspector Matt Otteson explains: “Quite often we are the first point of contact for anyone who wants to report anti-social behaviour or believes they are a victim. We want to ensure that everyone who contacts the police receives assistance and support. The nature of the call will help us determine the most appropriate response.
“Some calls regarding anti-social behaviour will not necessarily warrant police attendance. At times we will be able to offer advice over the phone or signpost the caller to one of our partner agencies who would be better placed to respond. For example if someone was having an issue with neighbours who were constantly playing loud music late at night then the local Council would be best placed to investigate.
“The local policing teams and neighbourhood officers are well attuned to the issues in the area. We know that being able to quickly identify emerging issues that may contribute to ASB allows us to take steps to prevent further escalation.
“While police remain the first point of contact for anyone reporting ASB, we are not always the best or most appropriate organisation to respond or offer support. Through the Neath Port Talbot Community Partnership we work with other statutory and voluntary agencies recognising that the solution to many community issues lies not just with police but with a range of organisations that are specially skilled and resourced.”
Incidents of antisocial behaviour can be reported to the police in a number of different ways including:
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Councillor Leanne Jones, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Protection, said: “We are appealing to the public to report incidents of antisocial behaviour directly to South Wales Police so they are able to build evidence and take action against those causing offence.
“Some of the people involved in anti-social behaviour in Neath are in genuine need of support and we are working with the relevant support agencies to ensure they get the help they need.
“Neath Town Centre has a lot to offer visitors, residents and businesses, and the Community Safety Partnership is keen to ensure the town’s reputation is not damaged by the behaviour of a minority.”