Your personal safety

We all want to be as safe as possible when out and about. Here are some simple precautions you can take whether you are out and about, or using the internet.

If you are concerned about your safety you could talk to your family, friends, Kent Police, your local community warden, or social services.

Safety in the community

Domestic abuse

It is very important that you are in a safe relationship and no one is trying to harm you or make you do things you don't want to do.

Find out more about relationships and domestic abuse.

Doorstep crime

Doorstep criminals (also known as rogue traders, cowboy builders, building and gardening scammers) can visit your house without them telling you in advance. This is known as cold calling. They will try to convince you to agree to having work carried out on your house.

Learn how you can stop doorstep criminals and find out how to report them.

Phone scams

Telephone scams (mobile or landline) are the second most common type of scam in the UK, but many more go unreported. Fraudsters often use the names of well-known companies to commit their crime. They may try and say that your computer needs fixing, or question if you have been in an accident lately.

If you have received a text scam, you can report this to Ofcom by forwarding it to '7726' (which spells out SPAM).

Find out more about phone scams and how you can stop phone scams.

Radicalisation or extremism

We all have a responsibility to keep our county and the people in it safe. You can help to reduce the threat from terrorism, radicalisation and extremism by being aware, knowing what to report and reporting it. If you have seen a person acting suspiciously or if you see a vehicle, unattended package or bag which might be an immediate threat, move away and call 999.

If you're concerned about possible terrorist activity or risk of radicalisation and there is no immediate threat find out how to report it.

Online safety

Cyber crime

Using the internet can be a great for communicating with friends, shopping, doing research for school, or playing online games, unfortunately it also means that you may be more vulnerable to online crime.

There are many different types of cyber crime that you could be affected by and understanding the most common crimes and fraud can help you to avoid becoming a victim. To find out how you can keep safe online, visit one of the following websites:

Social media

Social media allows you to share your ideas, thoughts, photographs and memories online to your friends, family and others. Your online profile can be private, where you choose who can view your updates or can be made public. To use a social media app, you can use a computer, tablet or a mobile phone.

Popular social media apps you may have heard of are; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.

Although social media is a great way to share highlights of your life, you must always be aware and understand the risks when updating your social media profile.

Find out how you and your family can understand the risks using the internet.

Other types of online scams

Find out about the different types of online scams: