Whether it’s organizing safety events, supporting schools and communities with safer parking, working to tackle and reduce graffiti, deal with anti-social behavior complaints, there’s never a dull moment for the Community Safety Officer’s.
Our job is about getting to the root of crime and anti-social behavior in local neighborhoods and ensuring that organisations such as the police, the council, the fire service and many others are all working together. We know that issues can rarely be solved by one agency working on its own. I arrange for organisations to work together, to share information and to develop an action plan.”
8.30 AM The start to our day, a quick cuppa and plan the rest of the day
The Community Safety Officer sits within the Canterbury Community Safety Unit, which is based at Canterbury City Council, it brings staff from the council, Kent Police, Kent County Council other organisations all together into the same office with the joint aim of dealing with local issues and concerns.”
Our day to day role involves responding to community issues, to drive forward community projects, talking with the public and enforcing anti-social behavior law.
10am We chair and minute the Neighborhood tasking group.
We arrange for various local agencies to meet fortnightly at a Neighborhood Tasking Group. These agencies include those who help the homeless or people who have drug or alcohol dependencies – as well Kent County Council Community Wardens, representatives from Kent Probation, District Watch and others.
2pm: Both officers out at Community Engagement Events
Talking to students about keeping safe and
Sarah is out with a group of children from a school with one of our parking supervisors to issue their own school made parking tickets to people who have parked illegality or unsafely. To help get the message across about parking safely outside schools.
Sarah and Kerry have said that in their roles: “it’s great to make a difference within the community and to see the benefit of the changes we make within the Canterbury District to make it a safer place to live and socialize .”
Secure your hut
Make sure your beach hut is as secure as possible, particularly windows and doors. An easily opened door will attract burglaries and
Keep your hut in a good state of repair
If a property looks uncared for it is much more likely to suffer from crime or anti-social behavior.
Remove or reinforce spindles and balustrades
These features can add to the appeal of beach huts but they have also proven to be extremely vulnerable to malicious damage. Please think
seriously about whether to have these features. But if you do, use thick, robust spindles and reinforce them with pieces of wood at the bottom and top.Is not uncommon where beach huts are concerned and given their construction and proximity to one another can have very serious consequences. However, in this area,it is more likely the crime will be damage resulting from people trying to break off parts of your hut to make a fire nearby.
BBQs. BBQs should be cool before being placed in a beach hut. Hot coals should be removed from the BBQ, cooled and suitably disposed of.
Disposable BBQs should not be placed in or under the beach hut, but suitably cooled and disposed of.
Keep an eye on your huts (including your neighbors’ huts) and report any damage as soon as possible to: Canterbury City Council Foreshore on 01227 266 719. Out of office hours phone 01227 781 879. If your hut has been damaged you can report it to the police on 101.
- Check out our ‘Advice on protecting your beach hut’ leaflet for further information http://www.canterburycsp.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Beach-hut-leaflet.pdf
11 February 2014
Since 8th May new enforcement officers have been on patrol in Canterbury city centre. They are on the lookout for anyone dropping litter including cigarette butts. Offenders are subject to a fine of £80.
Douglas Rattray, Head of Safer Neighbourhoods, said: ‘Our public surveys repeatedly show environmental crime like litter is among the top three concerns of people in the district. We believe the the public will be very supportive, and like the fact we’re doing something about the problem.’
The enforcement officers are provided by the contractor, Kingdom, which also supplies officers to Maidstone District Council.
The community safety officers along with the Police, Kent Fire and Rescue, Community Wardens and our Parking team have been working with the schools and surrounding communities to reduce the build up of traffic in and around the primary aged schools at peek times when children are being dropped off or collected which can create a unsafe environment for young children and other road users.
We attend schools together at these peek times to help educate and inform people about the dangers and legality of parking irresponsibility, and are working with the schools to help reduce the build up of traffic around the schools by supporting walking buses, ride and stride and linking with parents and carers to help reduce this.
Now the good weather is here why not try walking to School the benefits are great!
- Reduces the congestion outside the school.
- Improves air quality around the school.
- Improves health benefits through walking to school.
- Develops road safety skills in all pupils.
- Improves Children’s awareness of their community and environment.
What a wow way to get to school
Families are encouraged to walk to and from school on Wednesdays. Children and parents do not travel as part of a formal walk to school scheme like a walking bus, they walk on their own.
Children are issued with WOW passport tally cards where they can fix special stickers they are given every time they walk to school on a Wednesday.
The KM Walk To School Team can provide schools with an optional trophy so that at the end of each week the class with the largest numbers of walkers can be presented with the trophy by the school’s head teacher in assembly.
Call or contact the KM Charities team on 08442 640292 or visit www.kmcharityteam.co.uk/walktoschool/wow/ if you would like further information on this
Please see the links below for some great information and resources on this issue
Roads Kill – take control
The facts about young drivers:
• Road crashes are the biggest killer of teens worldwide.
• An 18-year-old is more than three times as likely to be involved in a crash than someone in their 40s.
• One in five new drivers is involved in a crash in their first year of driving.
• Young male drivers aged 17 to 20 are seven times more at risk than other male drivers, and between the hours of 2am and 5am their risk is 17 times higher.
• Never get into a car with a driver who has been drinking or taking drugs
• Remember: No seat = No space.
• Never distract the driver. It only takes a split second to lose concentration and crash.
• Mobile phones are a dangerous distraction. As a driver always turn your mobile phone off before setting out. Passengers should set phones to silent so they don’t distract the driver.
• It is impossible for you to know how much alcohol will put you over the limit – the safest option is not to drink.
• Drunk passengers may be more of a distraction for the driver. Refuse to take anyone that you feel may be a risk to your ability to drive safely.
• Your vehicle is your responsibility – windscreen wipers, child seas and seatbelts should be check regularly.
6 February 2014
In the event of flooding, please follow these safety tips:
- Motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded roads or fords. The water is often deeper than it looks and may be moving quite fast. Your vehicle may be swept away or become stranded.
- Do not attempt to walk through flooded areas. Even shallow water moving fast can sweep you off your feet and there may be hidden dangers such as open drains or damaged road surfaces, which can cause serious injuries or even death.
- Remember that the during a storm the emergency services will be very busy. Only call for immediate assistance if there is a risk to life or serious property or environmental damage.
- Following a flood in your home, make sure all electrical circuits are fully dried out and checked by an electrical engineer before switching back on.
- Keep an eye on weather reports on local television or radio news channels. Do not travel in heavy rain storms unless absolutely necessary.
- Look after neighbours. People have been known to suffer from hypothermia after their homes have become flooded with cold rainwater – even in the summer.
Futher advice and information regarding flooding
- Canterbury City Council
- Check if your home is at risk by signing up to the Environment Agency Floodline
- Get advice and flood warnings
6 February 2014