Canterbury Bid

A Safer City


District Watch

Canterbury District Watch Ltd operates in partnership with Kent Police and Canterbury City Council to provide a safe and non-threatening environment by reducing crime and disorder, the opportunity for crime, and the fear of crime within canterbury city centre. It is a membership organisation offering a radio scheme that enables members to contact each other, the local police and the Canterbury City Council CCTV control centre, alerting others of an incident or crime, seeking support to deal with a problem, and passing on information and intelligence. Members have access to an online portal allowing them to share information, including photographs, about active criminals and suspects operating in the area. They provide assistance in collecting evidence and processing the information leading to Exclusion Notices being issued against individuals, thus banning them from entering specified localities for a specified period.
Canterbury BID are members of District Watch and each of our Ambassadors is equipped with a District Watch Radio. For more information about District Watch click here.

Anti-social Behaviour

The Community Safety Unit (CSU) at Canterbury City Council is gathering evidence regarding anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the City. They are particularly interested in ASB issues relating to street drinking and rough sleepers.

The following document is for you to complete should you, a member of staff and/or business been affected by such issues: ASB Log

The evidence provided by you will help the Local Authority put in place measures to curtail that behaviour. If you require further information or advice please contact the Community Safety unit via email: or call 01227 862122

Please send the completed paperwork to:


The widely publicised and extremely harrowing events in Paris on Friday 13th November 2015 serve as a reminder that the threat of terror attacks must be regarded as ever present. You can check the current threat levels in the terrorism and national emergencies area on GOV.UK website or on the MI5 website

Proactive Measures

All persons can view the Government’s ‘Stay Safe’ briefing on the website – this gives advice on responding to a marauding terrorist attack. Main points detailed below.

To identify potential hostile reconnaissance; you can view this on the ‘Eyes Wide Open’ DVD.

Guidance on Hostile Reconnaissance
The following aspects are considered to be indicators of this type of activity:

  • Significant interest being taken in the outside of the premises including parking areas, service yards, doors and entrances.
  • Groups or individuals taking significant interest in the location of CCTV cameras and controlled areas.
  • People taking pictures – filming – making notes – sketching of the security measures for no apparent reason but focusing on areas such as security cameras, access / egress routes, fire exits, structural etc.
  • Overt/covert photography, video cameras, possession of photographs, maps, blueprints etc, of critical infrastructures, electricity transformers, gas pipelines, telephone cables etc.
  • Vehicles parked outside entrances or unusual areas, with one or more people remaining in the vehicle, for longer than would be considered usual.
  • Prolonged static surveillance using operatives disguised as demonstrators, street sweepers, etc or stopping and pretending to have car trouble to test response time for emergency services, car recovery companies, (AA, RAC etc) or local security Colleagues.
  • Activity inconsistent with the nature and routine of the building or working environment.
  • Individuals that appear to be loitering in public areas or look out place for any reason.
  • Vehicles, packages, luggage left unattended.
  • Persons appearing to count pedestrians / vehicles.
  • Delivery vehicles arriving at premises outside normal delivery times.
  • Vehicles emitting suspicious odours e.g. fuel or gas.
  • Vehicle/s looking out of place.
  • Suspicious vehicles left in car parks – maybe for a prolonged period of time. Consider increasing patrols of car parks.
  • Noted pattern or series of false alarms indicating possible testing of security systems and observation of response behaviour and procedures, (bomb threats, leaving hoax devices or packages).
  • The same vehicle and different individuals or the same individuals in a different vehicle returning to a location(s).
  • Erratic or suspicious driving of vehicles around building/s.
  • The same or similar individuals returning to carry out the same activity to establish the optimum time to conduct the operation.
  • Unusual activity by contractor’s vehicles.
  • Recent damage to perimeter security breaches in fence lines or walls or the concealment in hides of assault equipment, i.e. ropes, ladders, etc.
  • Attempts to disguise identity – motorcycle helmets, hoodies etc, or multiple sets of clothing to change appearance.
  • Constant use of different paths, and/or access routes across a site. ‘Learning the route’ or foot surveillance involving a number of people who seem individual but are working together.
  • Individuals in procession of multiple identification documents – suspicious, counterfeit, altered documents etc.
  • Unusual occurrences, e.g. members of the public found in areas normally off-limits to patrons, particularly in parts of the building allowing access to heating and ventilation and air-conditioning systems or other plant systems and any evidence of tampering with plant systems.
  • Discovery of unknown odours or substances, oil-based stains or other flammable material.
  • Reconnaissance operatives may also seek additional information on:
  • Width surveys of surrounding streets – exploring the range of tactical options available to deliver an explosive device.
  • Person/s taking an interest in levels of internal and external security – are vehicle/person/bag searches undertaken?

If you suspect any of the activity described here contact the counter terrorist hotline on 0800789321 or contact 999 in an emergency.

What to do in the event of an attack
Firearms and Weapons attacks are rare in the UK. The ‘STAY SAFE’ principles tell you some simple actions to consider at an incident and the information that officers may need in the event of such an attack:-

  • Escape if you can
  • Consider the safest options
  • Is there a safe route? RUN, if not – HIDE
  • Can you get there without exposing yourself to greater danger?
  • Encourage others to leave with you & leave belongings behind
  • Consider evacuating through units and into service yards


  • If you can’t RUN, HIDE
  • Find cover from gunfire
  • If you can see the attacker, they may be able to see you
  • Cover from view does not mean you are safe, bullets go through glass, brick, wood and metal
  • Find cover from gunfire e.g. substantial brickwork / heavy reinforced walls
  • Be aware of your exits
  • Try not to get trapped
  • Be quiet, silence your phone
  • Lock / barricade yourself in
  • Move away from the door

Call 999 – What do the police need to know?

  • Location – Where are the suspects?
  • Direction – Where did you last see the suspects?
  • Descriptions – Describe the attacker, numbers, features, clothing, weapons etc.
  • Further information – Casualties, type of injury, building information, entrances, exits, hostages etc.
  • Stop other people entering the building if it is safe to do so