Friday, 30 March 2012


Tackling anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse, substance misuse and violent crime are to be the priorities for the Thanet Community Safety Partnership for the forthcoming year.

Cabinet Members were last night (Thursday 29 March) presented with the action plan for 2012/13, along with details of crime levels over the previous year. This shows that all crime reduced in Thanet by 3.2%, meaning 350 less crimes, compared to the year before. The biggest reduction had been in burglaries from people’s homes, which dropped by 29.6% and theft from vehicles, which reduced by 22.9%.

The Community Safety Plan for 2012/13 sets out a number of key actions that the partnership will be working on over the next 12 months, including:

  • carrying out two noise car operations, responding to late night complaints about noise
  • using the Crime Retail Car to patrol retail areas in Thanet, responding to calls about shoplifting
  • holding a public engagement day about domestic abuse, raising awareness of the support available locally
  • using temporary CCTV cameras to gather evidence where there are complaints about anti-social behaviour and drug use
  • holding four open forums across Thanet and two SOS trailer consultations to listen to people’s concerns

Cllr. Clive Hart, Cabinet Member for Corporate and Regulatory Services, said: “We want to build on the success of our community safety team, which is highlighted by the reduction in crime that the area has seen. That’s why we’ve put measures in place to ensure that those members of the team who have sadly left us are replaced. Feeling safe is a key priority for local people and has been for many years. Nothing’s changed in that, with it coming out as the top concern for residents in the budget consultation at the end of 2011.

“We recognise that and this plan concentrates on tackling the key issues that matter to local people, anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse, substance misuse and violent crime. I look forward to seeing significant progress being made over the next 12 months in dealing with these problems through this plan.”

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