Crime Wednesday - Features Aberystwyth, Mid Wales
Hi all and welcome to another edition of Crime Wednesday. If you're reading this for the first time Crime Wednesday has been set up to dig into the stats of towns around the UK in respect to crime. The idea is to give readers a perspective and what is happening in any particular town throughout the UK.
So this week I have decided to come back to my fine Wales and have a look at the centre town of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Situated some 78 miles from our offices in Milford Haven SW Wales, Aberystwyth has been to me at least, a town where you used to go for sunny sea shore days out, I recall in my youth going to the town in a bus trip either set up by the school or the Sunday School I used to attend. I recall the town to be full of busy tourists and fancy shops. The town front that looks over the sea I remember as being massive victorian houses many stories high. It was at least to my child’s mind at the time a truly wonderful place.
Of late we only seem to pass through the town if we are heading up to North Wales or up into to Liverpool on a trip, Last year a few friends and I took our motorbikes for a beautiful sunny Sunday ride upto the town for Ice cream on the promenade. The town is quite popular for Motorbike enthusiasts in the summer as it is quite central to some fine biking roads both North, East and South of the town.
Aberystwyth is a big learning town and its population nearly doubles through school and college terms, and most of the fine houses on the sea front I am led to believe are now dorms, or bedsits for students learning in the towns University.
The town has about 20’000 residents and at least a further 7 to 10 thousand students in the terms. Looking at the stats antisocial behaviour one would logically consider is modestly high for the town, on average over 50 + reported incidents a month.
Burglary happily does not seem to exist in any significance in the town, the local police reports around 1 or 2 incidents a month. March saw the highest record of burglaries this year with just Five. Obviously five is five to many but when you compare to the towns I have been reporting on off late, having only a couple of burglaries a month is great to see.
Over the last five or six months what is quite bazaar is to see the town having one robbery a month and this seems to be quite consistent, Only one month in the last six, reported no robberies. September just gone saw that months Robbery just up from the ‘Vale of Rheidol Railway’.
There is a drugs presence in the town, sadly all towns can say they have drug issues of one degree or another, Aberystwyth records around a dozen incidents a months some of these as you may guess are around the University and town centre
Violent crime like common assault, grievous bodily harm and sexual offensives are also recorded in the town the stats show at most over a dozen incidents a month looking over the last couple of months.
As mentioned before, all towns have their own fair degree of crime and Aber. is no different, but don’t let this put you off popping in to see the town. Some of the architecture is very fine indeed and looks like a mini Blackpool in many ways.
Sergeant Delme Rees is the bobby looking after his troops and you can find the police station on Boulevard Saint Brieuc, which seems all very French in a Welsh town and this name must have something to do with its history somewhere!
Anyway, many thanks for taking the time to read this weeks Crime Wednesday and hopefully we welcome your feed back and of course if you want us to mention your town simply pop an email over to us here at LocksOnline
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