Crime Wednesday presents Builth Wells
Hi all and welcome to another edition of our Crime Wednesday article, every week we take a town anywhere in the Uk and strip back its layers to see what, if any, crime the town has.
This week we are going to the heart of Wales and the famous town of Builth Wells.
Any Welsh person will know that Builth Wells is famous for the Royal Welsh Show, normally held in July every year this is one of Wale’s top attractions, playing host to over 25’000 visitors for the week long show. I remember my parents taking me when I was a young whipper snapper, but alas the pressures of work etc, has for many years put a toll to spending a few days in the heart off Wales.
If you happen to be reading this anywhere in the world and you happen to find yourself in the UK around the end of July, this must be a top place to visit. Culture is one thing that us Welsh do very well and if you visit expect your time to be spent deep in tradition.
Builth Wells also, has this near life size bull situated by the river, I recall made out of Bronze, I understand that Builth Wells is famous for certain breeds of cattle and this was erected to commemorate this.
Looking into the crime stats, what happened in August this year (2012) looks to be a record for Burglaries in the town, hitting a record of 11 reported incidents. Most months in the last year has shown only a couple, some months perhaps a little more.
You would expect that when the Royal Welsh Show is on in July each year anti social behaviour may sky rocket. Well, there is an increase abate only a small one, perhaps nothing more than around half a dozen more than a normal month. This is great to see that The Royal Welsh Show is a really good place for families and the like to visit and have a good time.
We have gone back through a whole year of record keeping only to see there has not been one incident of Robbery in the town, this is brilliant news and great to see so far the first town we have chosen not to have any Robberies.
Some towns we’ve reviewed have shown over 20 Burglaries a month, Built Wells has reported in October 2012 20 reported incidents full stop, 15 of these were anti social behaviour, perhaps a few young lads getting boisterous on the way home from the local Pub, or perhaps a few young children messing about. So that left only 5 other reports of crime, 2 were for shoplifting two for various offences and finally one was for an assault on someone. That could have been simply one of those anti social behaviours gone a little wry and ended up with someone getting hit.
Either way, Builth Wells is not the Crime capital of Wales by a long chalk, it is in fact a very nice town, I do know a few people who live there and I have eaten in a few of the public houses on the way back from visits up North. Next time your in Wales stick you head in and say Hi……. !!
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