The NFRN’s plan to raise the importance of retail crimes continues, as representatives met with Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner on Wednesday 15 September.
The NFRN are meeting with PCCs to push for the inclusion of business crime – particularly relating to retail crime – in the commissioner’s upcoming crime plans. This consists of high and low value theft, hate crime and abuse, vandalism, and robbery.
Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn understood the severity of retail crime and welcomed any changes necessary for his police force. The commissioner spoke about his initial steps to tackle antisocial behaviour in town centres, noting the Business Improvement District which has delivered more CCTV systems throughout the county. The commissioner also spoke about the positive work from community support officers and his intention to maintain police presence, with at least one police constable dedicated to every town centre.
NFRN member Vince Malone raised issues concerning police response time in the area, advising the commissioner he previously waited 11 days for a follow-up after an incident of shoplifting. Another common theme was that NFRN members tend to rectify crime incidents themselves rather that wait for force intervention.
Mr Malone also expressed his issues with the force’s CCTV online uploading system, stating his area and other rural locations are renowned for connectivity issues, and an alternative for this crime reporting protocol is needed.