Friday, 3 April 2009


Thanet district Council press release

A high profile campaign that’s already helped to halve crime along Margate seafront is now being extended into Broadstairs and Ramsgate.

The original scheme in Marine Terrace saw additional police patrols during the busy summer months and the introduction of posters reminding people that CCTV were watching them, with the warning “smile… you’re on camera!” Head cameras were also introduced for door staff at pubs and clubs during Christmas 2008.

Now posters are being distributed to pubs and clubs in Ramsgate and Broadstairs over the next few weeks, with head cameras set to be introduced as well. Since their introduction, the head cameras have been used to capture evidence of several violent assaults, which has helped to secure convictions against those who cause trouble and behave anti socially.

Spring time policing plans will see more officers on the beat in the areas that they are most needed. An additional CCTV operator will also be introduced into the control room on weekend evenings to monitor the main night time hotspots in Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Margate and to pick up radio calls from businesses with Thanet Safe radios. The mobile CCTV monitoring van will also be parked at key locations across Thanet.

The project is being driven forward by the Thanet Community Safety Partnership, with the support of the owners of licensed premises in the towns. The Partnership is a group of organisations, including Kent Police, Thanet District Council, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, the NHS and Kent County Council, who are working to make the area a safer place.

Community Safety Officer Tiffany Hall said: “These measures had a great impact on cutting crime along Marine Terrace last summer and that’s why we’re now looking to extend them to other potential hotspots around Thanet. We want to build on the success we’ve already had and make the area’s main night time venues the safest they’ve even been. We know that night time crime matters to local people and it’s one of the priorities for the Community Safety Partnership. We’re determined to tackle it and make people feel as safer as possible when they go out socialising at night.”

Inspector Guy Burrows from Thanet Police said: "We what to support the people of Thanet and the Licencing community with these devices, ultimately their deployment and use will contribute to making Thanet a safer place.”

Photograph features Inspector for Broadstairs and Ramsgate Guy Burrows, Angela and Brendan Bean from the Dolphin, Rob Webster from the Royal and Tiffany Hall from The Community Safety Partnership.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please note comments that may be libellous, comments that may be construed as offensive, anonymous derogatory comments about real people, comments baiting internet trolls, comments saying that an anonymous comment was made by a named real person, boring comments and spam comments, comments in CAPs will be deleted. Playground stuff like calling real people by their time stamp or surname alone, referring to groups as gangs, old duffers and so on will result in deletion. Comment that may be construed as offensive to minority groups is not allowed here either, so think before you write it, remember that the internet is a public place, that it is very difficult to be truly anonymous and that everyone who uses it leaves a trail of some sort. Also note the facility to leave anonymous comment will be turned of during periods when I am unable to monitor comment, this will not affect people commenting who are signed on to their blogger accounts. When things are particularly difficult on the commercial spam front I may turn comment moderation on for periods.

If you feel that someone has left a comment that is offensive and directed at you personally please email me (link on the sidebar) asking to have it removed, you will need to tell which post and the date and timestamp of the offending comment. Please do not reply to the offending comment as I will assume you continuing the dialogue as meaning that you want the comments left there.