Shops and pubs in Paddock Wood will soon be fighting crime thanks to a new scheme being launched next week.
The Tunbridge Wells Safe Town Partnership will link businesses to each other via a radio network which will also connect them to the Council’s CCTV Control Room and Kent Police officers. The radios allow members to speak with each other meaning offenders can be deterred at the door. Repeat offenders can be banned from entering members’ premises altogether.
The Partnership already runs schemes within the town centre and at North Farm, where it has been very successful at reducing shoplifting, drugs and violence crimes. Chair of the Partnership, local licensee Matthew Sankey, said "The work that goes on between the businesses and the partner agencies has been instrumental in reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in our town and I am proud to be involved as our partnership expands".
The expansion into Paddock Wood, which has been made possible thanks to funding from SEEDA, Tunbridge Wells Community Safety Partnership and Kent County Council, is being launched at Paddock Wood Day Centre on 31st July at 6pm.
Partnership Co-ordinator Jane Richardson said “It’s great that we have been given this opportunity to bring new businesses on board. The more members we have, the better the Partnership works as we are able to share intelligence about individuals who commit crime. We encourage anyone involved in a business in Paddock Wood to come to the launch and learn the benefits of getting involved in the scheme”.
If you would like to know more about the Safe Town Partnership and how apply for membership, refer to their website www.twstp.co.uk. The Safe Town Partnership is part of Tunbridge Wells Community Safety Unit www.tunbridgewellscsu.org.uk.