Published: 00:01, 26 July 2014 |
The Dartford and Gravesham Community Safety Partnership has revealed its plan for 2014/15 in a bid to cut down on the issues it has identified in most need of action.
As a result of developments including Paramount park and the Ebbsfleet Garden City, road safety has been added to the plan.
The Community Safety units are based in the Civic Centres in each borough and are staffed by both Kent Police and council officers.
Each day they share crime reports logged over the past 24 hours and members of the Community Safety Unit (CSU) are tasked with responding to issues that have arisen.
The CSU says it wants to tackle the number of drink drivers on the road alongside nuisance vehicles and people dropping their children off at school times.
It also wants to work with planning departments to ensure new roads are as safe as possible and support a pre-driver training course for 15 to 17-year-olds.
The CSU says it wants to cut down on the number of deliberate fires being started alongside cutting down on criminal damage such as graffiti.
It aims to tackle the problem by utilising powers including ASBOs and deploying mobile CCTV units.
It also wants to engage with youngsters through sport to cut down their involvement with antisocial behaviour.
Violent crime is also on the list alongside domestic abuse.
Approximately 30% of all violent crime recorded in Gravesham and Dartford is domestic abuse, affecting hundreds of victims, their children and families each year.
The CSU says it will be focusing on repeat incidents of domestic abuse and raise awareness of the services that are available to victims.
On substance abuse, the CSU said: “Substance misuse is inextricably tied up with crime and anti-social behaviour.
“There are well established links between alcohol misuse and violent crime and between drug dependency and acquisitive property crime.”
Stealing equates to between a 20 and 25% of all recorded crimes in Gravesham and Dartford. Despite some improvements, the CSU says it has to remain a priority.
Increases in theft and burglary have been experienced and there is a continuing demand for scrap metal.
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Neil Miller, Hever Castle head gardener is new gardening blogger.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.