Students fear the worse as crime in Canterbury continues
Crime in Canterbury is once again being questioned after the amount of burglaries has risen significantly in the last month. After break-ins, assaults and even a death was reported in December, it was thought that a new year resolution would be set by Canterbury City Council to cut down on the rates of crime on our streets.
But, one month on, it appears that anti-social behaviour and burglaries are on the increase again. Five students from Canterbury Christ Church University were at the forefront of this, after their house was broken into during the Christmas break, Amie Parker-Williams, a resident of the house explains “We were all very shocked when we heard the news, luckily we were all at our homes over the Christmas period, but it doesn’t change the fact that it was very scary for us, especially as there are just five girls that live there.”
Canterbury police are working hard in order to stop crimes like this being committed, as Miss Parker-Williams continues, “The police were fantastic, they stayed in our house until everything was sorted, and were at our house in minutes after the crime had been committed.”
John Gauld, owner of a local student lettings company, owns the house that got broken into, and explains “We are trying to do everything we can to accommodate the girls, it is easy to see how something like this would scare them, and we have offered them a new house.”
However, some residents of Canterbury are not in the position to move after they get broken into, Barbara Pates, 82, was one of these residents, “I had to get on with living in the area after I was broken into. It was hard at first, and even now I do not feel safe living in the area. The police have done what they can, but I would like to be given more security.”
Canterbury City Council have a team of police officers working to make Canterbury safe, and believe that by the end of the year, they will lock down on criminals, and make sure that people in Canterbury feel safer within their area.
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