Friday, 5 June 2009

Marine Terrace campaign returns

A high profile campaign that halved crime along Margate seafront last summer is being rintroduced this year.

The Thanet Community Safety Partnership led initiative will once again focus on Marine Terrace and will involve the police, council and businesses in the area.

The police will put on additional patrols during the busy summer months, with headcams used by door staff to record any incidents, which can then be used in court. The “smile, you’re on camera” poster campaign that successfully reminded people about the CCTV coverage in the area will be used again and licensed premises are being visited frequently by officers to check for any underage drinking.

This year, Pipeline are being funded to manage crowds at the under 18s nights at Escape nightclub and other measures being considered include the use of the mobile CCTV van and the possible introduction of a night bus to help get clubbers home at the end of a night out.

Community Safety Officer Lacy Dixon said: “This campaign had such a great impact last summer that we’re bringing it back to ensure that crime levels along Marine Terrace don’t rise. We want to make sure that the area is as safe for people to enjoy as it was last year.”

The scheme is also being extended into Ramsgate this summer, with full details of that scheme due to be announced shortly.

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