Be Safe this Halloween
It is good to have fun but for some this can be a worrying time for parents and others, particularly vulnerable people.
With the launch of our community pledge if you sign-up to a great night out or safer schools before Monday the 5th December and you will be put in a prize draw for a pair of panto tickets.
We have been working hard to reduce the number of people that find themselves without housing and end up rough sleeping on the streets we are aware that this can be for any number of reasons, but it is important that they access help and support to get them off the streets as soon as possible.
If you see a rough sleeper and are concerned please contact Streetlink.
StreetLink is a national rough sleeping website that enables the public to alert local authorities in England about rough sleepers in their area. The Service offers the public a means to act when they see someone sleeping rough and is the first step someone can take to ensure that rough sleepers are connected to the local services and support available to them. The service is part funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and is part of their commitment to end rough sleeping in England.
The telephone number for reporting to the StreetLink Service is 0300 500 0914 or visit the website
Rough Sleepers and members of the public can contact the StreetLink service about people sleeping rough in Canterbury
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.
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 .”
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