Police and Caerphilly County Borough Council have declared a recent crackdown on antisocial behaviour a success.
During an eight week period from June 1, officers from Gwent Police moved on 40 people Ty-Sign, in Risca as part of a dispersal notice.
The notice allowed police to break-up groups of two or more youths if they had reasonable grounds to believe they were harassing or intimidating members of the public with their behaviour.
Police said there were 25 fewer calls reporting antisocial behaviour during the dispersal notice compared to the previous eight weeks.
Between June 1 and July 27 there were 129 calls from the public reporting antisocial behaviour compared to 154 calls between April 6 and May 31.
Inspector Richard Brake said: “The dispersal notice is just one of the methods that we are using to help tackle issues in the area. We encourage residents to report all incidents of antisocial behaviour that they witness, so that we can continue to take appropriate action.
“We want the local community to be involved in helping to identify the problems and solutions for their community. There are clearly longer-term issues with antisocial behaviour that need addressing and we are continuing to patrol the area of Ty-Sign regularly and undertaking intelligence-led policing beyond the period of the dispersal notice.
“We are also working with our partners to identify diversionary activities to provide young people with positive ways to spend their time. We are committed to working pro-actively to help make the area of Ty-Sign a quieter area for residents to live in.”
Caerphilly County Borough Council’s cabinet member for the environment, Cllr Lyn Ackerman, said: “Caerphilly County Borough Council, together with our colleagues at Gwent Police take antisocial behaviour and quality of life issues very seriously.
“Our teams of Community Safety Wardens and CCTV operators will continue to be proactive in addressing antisocial behaviour.
“We will not tolerate a very small minority adversely affecting the lives of the majority, and the dispersal notice in Ty Sign is just one of the ways that we are working towards achieving this.”