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Police ramp up visible patrols in Swansea over Christmas period to reassure shoppers

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South Wales Police have announced an increased police presence in Swansea city centre on the run up to Christmas as part of its annual operation, Op Winter.

Running until Christmas Eve, Op Winter will see high visibility patrols throughout the city centre, which police say will provide the public reassurance and deter criminal activity.

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Officers will undertake foot patrols to engage with the public and respond to any incidents.

Local Police Inspector Mark Watkins explained: “During the run to up Christmas Day, Swansea attracts a large number of people into the city centre who are visiting the Christmas Market and Winter Wonderland as well those who are in town Christmas shopping or attending Christmas parties.

“Christmas is one of the busiest periods of the year for the city and with this comes the potential for increased shoplifting offences, antisocial behaviour and an increase in alcohol and drug related offences.

“As with all other times of the year, we remain committed to ensuring that everyone enjoys Swansea’s events, attractions and venues safely so officers will be working alongside partners to reassure shoppers and revellers, as well as disrupting and deterring criminal activity. Our aim is to reassure – not give you anything to worry about. My officers are there to keep you safe.

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“A chalet within the Christmas Market will be staffed by police and our partners to offer support to anyone visiting the city centre. Officers will be more than happy to chat to you and if you do spot something that doesn’t seem right, please let them know and they can check it out.”

Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Well-being Alyson Pugh said: “Our team from Safer Swansea and our partners hold engagement events throughout the year but this is a good way to reach lots of people and to pass on helpful and important advice in the run up to Christmas.

“They will also be pleased to discuss any concerns people have about crime prevention or personal safety so if you are visiting the outdoor market please stop and say hello.”

(Lead image: Safer Swansea Partnership)

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