Businesses given forensic kits and warning signs to combat thefts

TRADERS on a Tredegar industrial estate have been given equipment to help combat thefts in the area. Businesses on Tafarnaubach industrial estate have been given forensic marking solution kits and deterrent signs by Gwent Police’s We Don’t Buy Crime team. The forensic marking kits, which are unique to each business, allow traders to mark their possessions with an invisible, traceable solution which can be seen under a UV light.

Officers also spoke to business owners about how they can improve security measures at their premises, advising them on the use of lighting and CCTV. READ MORE: Earlier this year, Gwent Police became the first Welsh force to launch a We Don’t Buy Crime team to protect communities from burglary, theft and robbery.

Inspector Shane Underwood said: “We know that crime can have a devastating impact on businesses of all sizes and can affect revenue, people’s jobs and an area’s reputation. “I’m delighted that the Tarfarnaubach industrial estate is now benefitting from this proven crime prevention initiative and I’d like to thank the police and crime commissioner and colleagues in the We Don’t Buy Crime team for their commitment. “We continue to support residents and businesses across Blaenau Gwent by using tried and tested methods that make it harder for criminals to get away with crimes that have a severe impact on the area.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to encourage other industrial estate businesses across Blaenau Gwent to invest in replicating what is now in place in Tafaranaubach.” Forensic marking solution kits and deterrent signs have been given to businesses on Tafarnaubach industrial estate. Picture: Gwent Police. The We Don’t Buy Crime department is funded and supported by the office of the police and crime commissioner for Gwent.

Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert said: “Crime prevention is the one of the key priorities in my Police and Crime Plan, and the We Don’t Buy Crime model is a proven way to reduce crime and prevent reoffending. “It is fantastic to have businesses from the whole Tafaranaubach industrial estate on board. It sends a clear message to thieves that their actions will not be tolerated here and I would encourage other businesses across Gwent to look at what is happening here and sign up.”

For more information on Gwent Police’s We Don’t Buy Crime team, or to contact officers, visit We Don’t Buy Crime.

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