was the first town in Kent to receive the Safer Shopping
The then Home Secretary David Blunkett was among those
who congratulated the Dover Partnership Against Crime
(DPAC) for its success in gaining the award in March
2002. "This is well deserved recognition for what
has been achieved," he wrote in a letter to Dover
MP Gwyn Prosser. "It's an outstanding example of
partnership in action and is one that I hope other areas
will be able to learn from."
The award was presented at a ceremony in Dover Town
Hall by Michael Schuck, assistant director of Retail
Crime with the British Retail Consortium. Dover was
the first town in Kent to fully meet the stringent criteria
needed to gain the Home Office award.
There are around 100 DPAC members in Dover, each equipped
with a two-way radio which links them with the police
and CCTV control room. They are also able to communicate
with each other, warning of suspected criminals, deterring
them from comitting crime, and tracking them if offences
are committed. The scheme has led to hundreds of arrests
and a significant reduction in crime in the town centre,
making it a very safe shopping environment for townsfolk
and visitors alike.
The award - now called the Safer Business Award - was
renewed in 2005.
The Safer Shopping Award Presentation at Dover Town