This is the start of a very busy time of year and we are all in a dash to get somewhere or get something done, but here are just a few things to consider whilst out and about.


•Plan ahead for your night out.  Know how you are getting home and remember to keep enough cash for your return journey.

•Stay together – look out for friends. Do not leave parties with strangers.

•Watch your drinks and how much you drink. Stay in control of your drinking, remember you are more vulnerable when drinking – never accept a drink from someone you do not entirely trust. Don’t leave your drink unattended, even if just going to the toilet. If out with friends, appoint a ‘drinks watcher’ (perhaps someone who is not drinking alcohol) who can ensure that the drinks of everyone in your party are looked after.

•Keep bags and valuables with you at all times.  Do not leave bags unattended – when in restaurants and bars, always keep them where they can be seen.

•Make sure your phone is charged, you have money to get home and look after your keys.

•Use a licensed taxi, public transport or arrange a lift. Try and pre-book your taxi, do not accept lifts from cruising cabs or touts and try to travel home with a friend.

•If you are walking home, be aware and avoid isolated areas. Don’t take short cuts through dark alleys, parks or across waste ground and keep to well lit, busy areas. Walk facing the traffic so a car cannot pull up behind you unnoticed.

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•Look after your bags and valuables. Do not leave bags unattended – when in restaurants and bars, always keep them where they can be clearly see. Don’t overload yourself with bags keep one hand free.

•Do not withdraw more money than you need. Put your money in your wallet/bag before leaving a cash machine, don’t walk about with lots of cash in your hands.

•Hide your PIN number.

•Don’t leave gifts in cars or in plain sight at home.

•Close and lock all doors and windows and leave some lights on when you go out.

•Be careful where you park your car especially if you are returning after dark, aim for well lit areas after dark.

•Keep car doors locked while driving in built up areas especially if you’ve got bags of presents in the car.

•Keep aware of yourself and other with you in built up areas, zip up bags , try not to keep valuables on show or all together

We are holding Safety events around Canterbury in the run up to Christmas every Friday morning, check out our Facebook page for more details.



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 government will consider a new proposal for victims of domestic violence to be allowed to keep their addresses secret in court.
Eve Thomas survived savage beatings from her husband for over 20 years, before she finally found the courage to report the abuse to the police. Her husband was convicted of battery and made subject to a restraining order. However, when Eve had to appear in court again on an unrelated matter, she was asked to state her name and address to the open court. She refused to do so – fearing for her and her children’s safety – and was threatened with a 14-days in prison for contempt of court.

Now Eve is leading a campaign for Eve’s Law, which would allow victims of domestic violence to keep their addresses private via Eve’s Marker which would red flag the personal information of a victim of abuse as confidential and highly sensitive and would ensure that the data would never be publicly disclosed unless exceptional circumstances demanded it.

18 February 2014

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The true extent scale of the often hidden world of sexual assault, family abuse and the stalking of thousands of men and women in England and Wales was highlighted in the latest estimates from the Office of National Statistics,  which revealed that 1.2 million women and 700 ooo men had experienced domestic abuse in the past year.

Almost one-in-three women now say they experienced rape, stalking or domestic violence since they were 16- but many adults continue to believe it is acceptable to hit their partner, official figures have received.

Today, on Valentine’s Day, a separate report from the charity Women’s Aid highlights the number of women who receive threatening messages online.

Polly Neate, the Women’s Aid chief executive said: ‘Anonymous messages on Valentine’s Day are generally considered romantic, but for women facing online stalking and harassment, anonymous messages can be deeply disturbing.

14 February 2014



Have you been a victim of crime? Are you able to spare a small amount of time to take part in a focus group or telephone survey?

Ann Barnes, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, is looking for volunteers to share their experiences as a victim of crime to help shape support for victims in the future. If you are a resident of Kent, then the Commissioner is asking for victims of burglary, vehicle crime, theft, and criminal damage in the last year to come forward.

It is not anticipated you will be asked to give up more than two hours of your time, and expenses will be paid. The focus groups/surveys will not at this time be suitable for victims of crime such as assault, rape or abuse or any incident involving violence.

If you could spare a couple of hours to take part in a focus group or a phone interview, then please contact the Office of the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner on 01622 677055 or via to register your willingness to participate, with a short description of the crime you recently experienced, your age and your gender. Please also provide a contact telephone number.
The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 21st February 2014.

11 February 2014

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A Domestic Abuse Awareness event is being held in Canterbury City Centre on Friday 14 February from 9.30am – 4.30pm as part of the global One Billion Rising campaign to end violence against women.

Valentine’s Day is used as the focus for the campaign because ‘Love Shouldn’t Hurt’ and one of the features of abusive relationships is that they often begin with what may at first be seen by a woman as a flattering display of romantic love, but along with the chocolates and flowers can come the first danger signs of unreasonable jealousy and possessiveness. In many abusive relationships this ‘love’ becomes violent and controlling – a pattern of physical, emotional, sexual and verbal abuse that often escalates over time. 

This event provides an opportunity to publicise ways for people to access support and advice locally, including the One Stop Shops in Canterbury and Herne Bay where free advice and information can be obtained on a drop-in basis.

11 February 2014