Is Margate Crime Out Of Control?
A resident of Margate's Sweyn Road yesterday contacted us in distress over goings-on in her neighborhood, and elsewhere in Margate, including EXCLUSIVE photographs
I'm totally appalled by the state of a once great tourist full town! she told us, describing how on Sunday afternoon she witnessed outside of her Sweyn Road (Cliftonville) residency three children, two with badminton rackets, one with a table tennis paddle,
taking rubbish out their own bins and hitting the bottles around while the rest was going everywhere
Even more worryingly, she told me of how
their guardian was just stood in the front garden doing nothing, suggesting that they considered this behaviour to be acceptable.
Around the same time, two men were also seen taking a large television on a sack barrow and putting it around the back of the house opposite our reader, then they left hastily.
This television dumping is a violation of the law and punishable by hefty fines, but the only alternatives for ridding one's home of unwanted hardware, furniture or white goods can be pricey. Do you think that the Council should offer a cheaper alternative to reduce this occurrence?
I lived in Gordon Road, the road next to Sweyn Road, for six months, during which time I experienced similar problems. I was burgled and many expensive goods were taken, and the road was full of furniture and hardware that had simply been abandoned.
There have been a concerning rise in the amount of burglaries, vandalism, littering and other such crimes in Cliftonville and elsewhere in Margate this year.
According to statistics, that area of Cliftonville had twenty to thirty more crimes each month in 2013 than in 2012. Other areas of Margate are not much better. A total of five-hundred and eighty-six crimes were reported in October this year alone. Anti-social behaviour is the highest statistic.
Thanet District Council have reported on crime statistics on their website, with a detailed breakdown which claims that many statistics have decreased in the past few years, but there are no statistics for 2013, and UKCrimeStats.com has a very different story.
Or is it time that the people took matters into their own hands? Should we have more Neighborhood Watch schemes?