Cardiff Council and South Wales Police are joining forces to target the security of private rented accommodation in the Cathays Community Ward.
The Cathays Community Ward is subject to the Council’s Additional Licensing Scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), which covers over 1000 properties in the area. The purpose of the scheme is to improve the standard of rented property within the Cathays area. Additional Licensing also aims to tackle wider community issues such as property security. Therefore, a set of specific security standards for HMOs in Cathays were agreed between Cardiff Council, South Wales Police and South Wales Fire and Rescue. Despite this, the area has one of the highest crime rates for burglaries in all of Cardiff.
Nevertheless, working in partnership, Cardiff Council and South Wales Police have now identified a number of streets in the area targeted by burglars in the past few years. In addition, a list has been compiled of properties where licensing works are outstanding as well as HMOs which appear licensable but where no licence has been applied for.
The aim is to work with landlords to make multi-occupied rented accommodation in the area more secure based on intelligence from police reports for means of entry.
Councillor Lynda Thorne, Cardiff Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Housing and Social Justice, said: "Anyone who has been the victim of burglary, or an attempted burglary, knows how distressing this experience can be. As a partnership we want to reduce the number of residents that fall victim to this type of crime by being proactive and putting a range of preventative measures in place.”
Over 50 inspections have been arranged jointly between Cardiff Council and South Wales Police in Cathays. These will allow the Council to comply outstanding licensing and security works in already licensed HMOs and identify HMOs which still require a licence. The Police will focus their attention on educating landlords, agents and tenants on how to keep a property secure and raise the profile of neighbourhood policing.
Chief Inspector Steve Murray, Community Safety, said: “Cathays tends to have one of the highest rates of burglary of the city because of the high number of multi-occupancy properties. Combined with the arrival of students to the area, this provides rich pickings for criminals who know that most students will have valuables such as laptops and iPods that can be easily carried and sold on.”
“Our community safety department will be accompanying council officers on visits to houses in the area checking that security is up to standard and also to educate occupants.”
“Burglary can be an extremely traumatic experience and South Wales Police is committed to preventing break-ins and arresting those responsible. We ask residents to take the simple steps of locking doors and windows to significantly reduce their chances of being a victim of burglary.”
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