Swansea charity calls it a day

Crime prevention charity Ty Saff wound down, as demand falls

Things are looking up in Swansea. Not only is the city's football team knocking on the door of the Premier League, but its burglars are no longer smashing through its windows. So much so that local crime prevention charity Ty Saff has decided to call it a day.

The charity, which was set up in 2003 and whose name is Welsh for 'safe house', received about £100,000 a year from the Home Office to carry out "target hardening", such as fitting door chains. But a substantial fall in both burglaries and demand for its services has prompted the closure.

Jeff Davison, a trustee, described the closure as excellent news and warned charities not to become self-serving entities.

"Would it be a problem if we needed fewer lifeguards?" he said. "Of course not: it would mean fewer people needed to be rescued. This is the way we have looked at it. It is important that charities remember they exist for the benefit of others, not themselves."

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