In October 1982 Sony launched the first CD player, the Ford Sierra took to the roads and Channel 4 was broadcast for the first time.
It only seems like yesterday, but 30 years has passed since these historic events.
Latest crime figures published today show that crime continues to fall across South Wales and our communities are safer today than they have been for decades with crime levels lower than they have been since the early 1980s.
Figures for the 12-month period up to September 30th 2012 show that crime across South Wales fell by 4.9% compared to the year before, marking the lowest recorded figures for 30 years.
This is equivalent to 4,375 fewer victims of crime or around 12 fewer victims every day in South Wales.
Thefts of motor vehicles again dropped significantly by 12.5%; criminal damage is down by 13.6% with 2318 fewer victims while robberies dropped by 5.6%.
There were some areas where crime levels showed an increase including a 6.1% rise in burglaries. However, more recent figures indicate that this is a temporary increase and the next statistics will show the resumption of the downward trend in this crime category.
Assistant Chief Constable Julian Kirby said:
“Today’s figures show that crime in South Wales is at its lowest for 30 years – something we are very proud of.
“There are some areas where we have seen increases so there is no room for complacency.
“Anyone who commits a crime, including those people who repeatedly offend, needs to know that they will not be left alone.
“We are focused on arresting criminals and putting them in court. This includes dealing with people who behave anti-socially in our communities.”
“It is very distressing to become a victim of crime. Any increase in figures is disappointing. However, steps have been taken to redress this and every indication is that more recently these figures are reducing again.”
While crime continues to fall South Wales Police is taking steps to become even more visible across the communities it serves.
ACC Kirby added:
“We are placing focus than ever on officers deploying into critical frontline roles and we’re using new technology to become more efficient.
“The roll out of over 200 new Police Community Support Officers funded by the Welsh Government is continuing throughout the force.
“The smallest pieces of information from people in our communities can be a big help to officers investigating crime, and we hope the public will continue to support us and contact us.
“I commend all of our staff who worked very hard to produce these results despite a major reduction in the resources available to the Force.
“Statistics, however positive, are not everything and we will continue to work hard to address our biggest challenge which is to make people feel safe.”
The Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales, Alun Michael, said:
“The continued drop in crime is a great result for South Wales Police, and the communities we serve. The hard work of the officers and staff, under the direction of Chief Constable Peter Vaughan, has made sure that despite the financial challenges faced, crime has continued to fall. I know that this will continue in the future.”
To pass on information about crime, suspicious activity or antisocial behaviour, the public can call 101, speak to their local neighbourhood policing team or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.