Project Kraken is a initiative aimed at encouraging the public to report suspicious or unusual activity around the coastal and maritime environment.
Kent Police want you to report any unusual or suspicious behaviour no matter how trivial it may seem. If it looks out of the ordinary, they want to know about it.
The local knowledge and experience of those who live, work and visit the the Romney Marsh coast you are well placed to spot anything unusual.
Have you seen?
- Crew who show signs of nervousness or a lack of awareness of protocols and customs.
- Vessels with unusual modification or minor damage.
- Increased activity at isolated coastal locations or at unusual times of the day.
- Attempts to signal to vessels offshore or guide them into an unusual landfall.
- Strange patterns of payment, such as large amounts of cash.
- People testing site security or an unusual interest in site structures and wharfs.
What should you do?
Report it to by calling 101; quote 'KRAKEN'.
To remain anonymous report your information online at Crimestoppers. Record as much information as you can - the smallest detail could be significant.
If it's an emergency, call 999.
101 (non-emergencies), 999 (in emergencies) email
Romney Marsh is the responsibility of PCSO Nick Holley.
In July 2013, New Romney was picked as the location to launch the forces new PCPs (Police Contact Points) which are mobile vehicles attending various locations in the district.
Police Contact Points are held each day from Wednesday through to Sunday on a rolling two-week schedule. Police vans stop at a prominent location for one and a half hours per visit, enabling residents to drop by and speak to their local Police Community Support Officer about any policing concerns or issues they may have.
They will be available in mainly rural locations and are in addition to the existing surgeries, meetings and live online Q&A sessions that local officers hold each month.
New online crime maps for England and Wales have been launched, allowing users to see which offences have been reported in their local streets. You can search for information on crime and anti-social behaviour for your own area by entering a street name or postcode.
What is Neighbourhood Watch?
Whilst it be cannot guarantee that being a member of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme will mean that you will never become a victim of any sort of crime, but East Kent Police do have statistics to show that scheme householders can be up to 9 times less likely to become such victims.
The object of Neighbourhood Watch is to unite the community and drive away crime and anti-social from a neighbourhood. In today’s society, each of us has a vital role to play by actively becoming involved in crime prevention. Informal Neighbourhood Watch schemes have been operational for years; where neighbours look after each others homes while they are away on holiday or in hospital etc. The concept of Neighbourhood Watch is to develop this idea to operate on a wider scale and in co-operation with the local police.
The idea is to protect each other by letting the police know of anything you see or hear that you consider to be suspicious. Residents possess the local knowledge of their Neighbourhood that the police find hard to achieve. For example, a police officer would not recognise someone in your garden as a stranger, but your neighbour would. It is this kind of awareness and willingness to help each other that is the basis of Neighbourhood Watch.
All that is asked of any resident is that whilst going about their normal day to day activities, such as going to and from work, exercising the dog, taking the children to or from school, shopping etc., that they keep their eyes and ears open for anything suspicious.
While Neighbourhood Watch belongs to the community and runs itself it works in conjunction with the police and the local authority. Areas, where schemes operate, have shown a marked reduction in street crimes such as burglary, theft of and from vehicles, damage and anti-social behaviour. The presence of Neighbourhood Watch window stickers and street signs deter potential wrongdoers who are aware there is more chance of their actions being observed and reported.
For further information please contact Andrew Judd 01233 896151 email.
If you see someone or a vessel, waterborne craft etc in difficulty in or on the sea then please call 999 and ask for the 'Coastguard'.
If you just have a general enquiry, please call 01303 210008, where you can receive "going afloat" information and advice about the weather, tides etc.
If you become aware or a life-threatening situation which requires urgent medical attention, then please call 999 and ask for the 'Ambulance Service'.
- if you need medical help fast, but it's not a 999 emergency
- you don't know who to call for medical help or you don't have a GP to call
- you think you need to go to A&E or another NHS urgent care service.
If the injury is not life-threatening, the nearest Accident & Emergency department is at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, open 24 hours a day.
Map 01233 633331