The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 gave statutory responsibility to local authorities, the police and key partners to work together in order to reduce crime and disorder in their communities.
The Community Safety Unit at Thanet District Council work across the diverse communities and partnerships within Thanet to improve neighbourhoods and reduce crime and Anti-Social Behaviour.
We facilitate the Thanet Community Safety Partnership and create and deliver the council’s annual Community Safety Plan.
Day to day we deliver a range of projects agreed as part of Thanet’s Community Safety Priorities, provide support and guidance to other agencies and investigate complaints of Anti-Social behaviour.
Thanet’s Community Safety priorities for 2017 to 2020 are:
• Reducing Offending and Reoffending
This will include targeted work on the most prolific repeat offenders, diverting first time entrants and maximising the use of new legislation to tackle Anti-Social Behaviour. Focus will also include high impact crimes that cause the most harm to communities, including violent crime particularly in the Night Time Economy.
• Safeguarding vulnerability
This area will include initiatives to support and safeguard adults and young people at risk from abuse and exploitation, as well as strengthen awareness and alternative provision for those affected by mental health and substance misuse.
This includes a focus primarily on providing reassurance to local communities to strengthen and support them, and wil include regular neighbourhood engagement to identify local priorities that matter most and working jointly to find solutions. It also includes raising awareness of the positive joint working of all partnership agencies.