‘Nightly’ burglaries causing fear and anger among Canton residents

South Wales Police has issued an image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a series of burglaries in Cardiff.

Residents around Victoria Park have reported a series of break-ins, thefts and damage to property in the last few weeks.

Two people were reported trying to enter houses on Daisy Street while a burglary on Fern Street is also being investigated, police confirmed in a Facebook post. Three incidents on Greenwich Road has seen four bikes stolen from sheds and garages, while a greenhouse was also smashed.

One woman, who did not want to be named, described the incidents as a “nightly occurrence” and called for a greater police presence.

“These attempted burglaries happen overnight between four and half past five in the morning and, in general, they are sheds and garages,” she said.

“Our garage was broken into and power tools and a bike were taken.

“There will be another break in this evening and it’ll probably happen about five or six o’clock in the morning.”

One resident, who has lived in Canton for 25 years, said thieves broke into her garage and stole a bike, some tools and the contents of her Fridge.

The Labour Councillor for Canton, Ramesh Patel, said more needs to be done by the police to stop these attacks.

“I’ve been in contact with the police to [ask] them could you enforce patrols in the area,” he said.

South Wales Police says it has increased the number of night time patrols in the area and have told people to stay vigilant. They have also urged residents to make sure external lights and alarms are working and that gates and doors are locked.

Inspector Kevin Deacy said “some of our patrols are in unmarked vehicles and our officers in pain-clothes so residents might not necessarily notice a police presence.”