Drugs and Anti-Social Behaviour on New Police Forum's Agenda

29th Apr 2018

A new Police Forum for Tenterden was formally established at the Tenterden Town Council meeting on Monday (23 April).

 

The Forum will include Tenterden Town Councillors, Inspector Jason Atkinson of Kent Police, Ashford Borough Councillor Brad Bradford, ABC Licensing Officer Trevor Ford, Kent County Councillor Mike Hill, and representatives of key interest groups including the town's retailers and pubs.

 

Insp Atkinson said that police visits to Tenterden had detected evidence of drugs use, particularly cocaine, which was predictable in a prosperous town. There had also been several recent cases of anti-social behaviour.

 

The Forum would focus on what preventative measures could be put in place, particularly on weekends and in the evening, and there would be a new method of recording crime and anti-social behaviour in Tenterden to ensure accuracy.

 

Meanwhile, Tenterden PCSOs Kate Richards and Luke Jones reported there had been a spate of burglaries in the area, and advised on steps residents can take to secure their properties, specifically....

 

  • Keep front gate closed at all times.
  • Lock all external doors.
  • Spotlights can deter offenders.
  • Alarm systems, particularly those linked to the police, can also deter offenders, and help police attend incidents swiftly.
  • Use time switches when you are out at night or on holiday.
  • Keep windows closed, particularly at night in the warmer months.
  • Alarm out-buildings.
  • Lock sheds and garages.
  • Mount CCTV to deter, and capture evidence of offences, and
  • Dashcam footage can be used in relation to vehicle crime.

 

The PCSOs also said that there had been a few calls to residents from people claiming to be from the tax office and demanding payment.

 

They advised that HMRC never call people, and those who receive calls should report it to www.actionfraud.police.uk or call the Action Fraud line on 0300 123 2040.