Dover Partnership Against Crime - one of the most successful groups of its kind in the country – was set up in 1995 and involves traders, business people, police and the local authority in tackling crime in Dover, Deal and Sandwich.
With more than 120 members, DPAC's radio system links retailers, licensees, taxi companies, transport firms and local tourist attractions with the CCTV control room and the police, providing a fast and efficient way in which to raise the alarm when incidents are taking place, and to get a quick response to detain and arrest offenders.
Prolific offenders are issued with our Exclusion Orders banning them from DPAC members' premises for 12 months. This, too, has proved successful, with many either changing their behaviour - we have been pleased to see some criminals turning over a new leaf - or moving away from the town altogether.
We continue to be vigilant, and target anyone - young or old - who commits crime in the town. And we encourage those who are stealing to fund a drug habit to seek help at the Kent Council for Addiction centre in Dover.
It's not just thieves who members look out for. DPAC has helped cut down on anti-social behaviour in the towns, as well as helping to find lost children, and reunite owners with lost property.
In March 2002, DPAC became the first town in Kent to receive the Home Office Safer Shopping Award, having achieved the stringent criteria laid down for this award. This was renewed in 2005 with the Safer Business Award, and at the same time, we gained the Safer Socialising Award. Our co-ordinators work with licensees to encourage them to gain their own individual awards, a number of which have now been presented.
In conjunction with Dover District Council, our co-ordinator also visits schools in the area, to give a presentation warning pupils of the consequences of becoming involved in crime.
DPAC and its partners are making a significant difference to life in Dover, Deal and Sandwich and we would welcome more traders, pubs, clubs and other businesses who would like to join us.
More information is available from DPAC Co-ordinator Karen Griffiths on 01304 218172.
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