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Robbery intensification week!

Good Morning


This week Medway community safety unit are focusing on the specific crime type of robbery. We have planned a range of engagements with members of the public who would demographically be more likely to become victims of robbery. Within these engagements we will give practical advice and offer crime prevention tools such as personal attack alarms.

 We have also planned heightened enforcement actions to prevent robbery and assist with active and ongoing robbery investigations.

I thought it would be a good opportunity to share some robbery prevention tips to keep you safe when out and about.


1.       Plan your route and think about what to take with you, especially if you’re going somewhere, you haven’t been before. Keep to busy, well-lit streets, walkways and paths which are more likely to be covered by CCTV. Only take licensed taxis or minicabs booked by phone or a mobile phone app.


2.       If possible don’t travel on your own. Regular robbery offenders will target individuals that are traveling alone on public transport.


3.       Be aware of your surroundings. Its far too common for people to be looking at their phones and not realise what is going on around them. Is someone watching you? If you think that you are being watched or followed head to a safe space and speak to staff.

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4.       Keep your mobile phone and valuables out of sight. If you’re using your phone it’s more likely to be snatched from your hand


5.       And never leave a mobile, any other device, wallet or purse on the table of an outdoor café, pub or restaurant. Same goes for any jewellery you might be wearing – keep it covered when walking down the street.


Finally – and this is so important to remember – if you’re threatened with violence, don’t risk your personal safety. Property can be replaced, you can’t.


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Sean Humphrey
(Kent Police, PCSO, Medway Neighbourhood Task Force)

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