New plans to tackle local crime and disorder

Contributed by editor on Apr 08, 2005 - 09:15 PM


A three-year plan setting out ways that crime and disorder will be tackled across the district was launched on Monday (4 April).

Published by the Shepway Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership, it sets out crime-reduction targets for the partnership for the next three years.

Speaking at the launch, Cllr Hugh Barker, Shepway Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said the CDRP had been set challenging targets by the government and aimed to reduce crime by 15 per cent over the next three years.

“In general, crime is low in Shepway compared to other areas – but some priority crimes need attention and we need to tackle perception of crime. In Shepway, fear of crime is disproportionate to the actual crime levels.�

Cllr Barker said the CDRP’s major focus would be to tackle quality of life issues like anti-social behaviour and criminal damage as well as violent crime and related issues like alcohol misuse.

“We will also look to work more closely with our local communities to tackle fear of crime.�

Superintendent Peter West of Weald Police, said that by working together the Police, Shepway Council, Kent County Council and other partners had achieved significant reductions in crime since the first strategy was launched six years ago.

“Shepway is a safe place to live and work and we aim to keep it that way.  We know that residents in Shepway have some concerns about anti-social behaviour and quality of life issues and we are committed to continue working together to develop solutions. 

“It is by successfully working in partnership that we will be able to achieve the challenging targets that have been set for the next three years."

Home Office Regional Director, John Scott, congratulated the partnership for targeting its priorities based on consultation with the local community.

“This is very much a joint strategy for the local area and everyone must work together to realise these important targets.

“I look forward to supporting the implementation of this strategy over the next three years – and to seeing this transfer into a safer, stronger community.�