Advice Centre

Crime prevention isn't expensive, difficult or inconvenient.
The consequences of crime are expensive, difficult and inconvenient.
For the most part, preventing crime is simply a matter of using common sense to combat potential offenders.

These pages are not intended to cause alarm or distress - Kent remains one of the safest places to live in the UK, and the Canterbury district is one of the safest places to live in Kent. Dramatic reductions in crime levels in recent years speak for themselves.
With your help, we would like to put the fear of crime back firmly where it belongs - with the criminal.

While some of us may like to blame Government, Police, schools, pubs, parents (or anyone else apart from ourselves), nearly all crime is driven by opportunity. By denying the criminal any opportunity, we are in a strong position to nip almost all crime in the bud. 
If you are not convinced, read the Ten Principles of Crime Opportunity Theory!

There will always be a few villains daft enough to push their luck, despite the lack of an obvious opportunity. These particular offenders tend to be the shy, retiring type who don't want to be noticed. So be prepared, and welcome them with as much light and noise you can muster. Security lighting, house, shed, car and personal alarms are extremely effective in making them disappear emptyhanded! You may even wish to surprise intruders with a few prickly plants around the perimeter of your garden - chances are they will make more noise than your alarm!

Our close links with Canterbury Police and other agencies ensure we are able to inform you of specific current crime through our news pages, and if you are a member of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, you should also be receiving crime reports and information for your immediate locality.

Detailed advice for specific crime is available by following the links below.
However, there are a few general points to remember:

  • Never compromise your personal safety. If there is an emergency or other incident, contact the Police (using 999 if necessary) at your very earliest opportunity. Police have the appropriate expertise and backup. You don't, no matter how good your intentions.
  • Never let an unknown or unexpected visitor into your house, no matter how plausible their reason.
  • Don't let any personal information go to those who don't need to know.
  • Out of sight is out of mind! Thieves want to keep a low profile, and do not like to take chances. Don't make it easy for them by leaving goodies on display!
  • Be aware and be confident. When out and about, make sure your purse / wallet is secure and cannot be snatched. Be aware of those around you, especially in crowded places such as supermarkets. Carry a personal alarm in a pocket, or somewhere where it can be immediately activated - not in the bottom of your handbag. The very fact that you know what's going on around you will increase your confidence - and send strong signals that you are not to be messed with!
  • Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme - you will receive privileged information about crime in your locality (which we can't even publish here!), and help friends and neighbours make your road a better place to live.
  • Start a new habit! Once you have developed the habit of securing all doors and windows, locking the car / bike / shed, it is thankfully difficult to break