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Crime Advice and Information
What is a hate crime?
A hate crime is an incident that is believed, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards someones race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or gender.
Incidents can take many forms:
- Verbal abuse
- Malicious gossip or rumours
- Property damage
- Physical assault
- Threatening or offensive behaviour
- Threatening or offensive language
- Are the victim of a hate incident
- Witnessed a hate incident
- Call the Police on 101. In an emergency call 999
- Text 60066. Start the message with 'Police' followed by a space and the details of what and where the problem is. Remember to ask for the incident reference number
- Speak to a police officer or police community support officer
- Visit your nearest police station
The Community Safety Partnership
Night time safety
- Maidstone Alcohol Education Programme, which provides regular effective alcohol education through schools.
- Youth activities, which engage young people and communities to reinforce alcohol health messages within the town centre.
- Urban Blue Bus on Friday nights, which increases safety in the town centre, and reduces the number of ASB and health issues.
- Urban Blue Water Bottle Campaign, which provides messages about excess alcohol consumption.
- Lloyds Pharmacy, 58-60 Tonbridge Road, Maidstone, ME16 8SE
- Lloyds Pharmacy, 11 Park Wood Parade, Park Wood, Maidstone, ME15 9HL
Preventing violent extremism (Terrorism)
The Prevent Strategy is part of our Government's Counter-Terrorism strategy, known as CONTEST. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
Prevent looks to combat all types of extremism. It doesn't look to criminalise people for holding extreme views. Instead it seeks to prevent individuals from using, or promoting, violent activity to enforce these views.
It's driven by many local and national groups, each with a crucial role to play in making sure our local communities are safe from the threat of extremism.
- Posting leaflets or displaying posters that carry a violent extremist message
- Extremist groups meeting at community centres
- Viewing terrorist or violent extremist promotional videos
Who to call
If you're deaf or hard of hearing, you can use a text phone to call the hotline on 0800 032 4539.