Looking back, it has been an eventful autumn with Hallowe’en and Guy Fawkes Night recently taking place.

I’m pleased to say that the recent festivities for Hallowe’en and Guy Fawkes Night passed without any major concerns or crime.

We policed the Penarth fireworks event on the 5th November which was very well attended by local communities.

I can report there were no Hallowe’en anti-social behaviour incidents or crimes that we had to deal with.

Additional officers were out and about during Hallowe’en and targeted known anti-social behaviour hotspots.

I would like to thank any parents that took the time to educate their children about safe, sensible and respectful trick or treating.

I would also like to thank the schools and shops that participated in our Operation Bang crime prevention programme.

On a final note, I would like to remind residents about bogus tradesmen, door-to-door sales or doorstep fraud which involves fraudsters knocking at your door and trying to steal money from you by using a scam.

“Fraudsters attempt to pressurise you into buying something you actually don’t want or something that’s very poor value for money.

I would advise people not to allow cold callers access to their property.

Also, look out for elderly relatives and neighbours and contact the police immediately if you are approached by anyone suspicious.

In addition to this, Action Fraud have released advice recently informing the public that your bank or the police will never send someone to your home to collect cash, bank cards or your PIN.

There have been reports of this happening on a national basis, which has been named as ‘courier fraud’.

Action Fraud are also warning the public about another scam where people are phoned and told they’ve been charged for an Amazon Prime subscription.

I would advise you to never install software as a result of a cold call and always refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information.

With Christmas around the corner, I would ask that the public remain vigilant with their finances and property.

If anyone would like more crime prevention advice, please go to our website at: https://www.south-wales.police.uk