While The Times reveals that drunkeness and rowdiness in neighbourhoods is causing increasing concern among the public - sounds familiar - with street crime and violent robbery continuing to rise, friends offered me two local stories this week.
The first witnessed a motorcyclist, a visitor to Thanet, knocked off his bike in Cliftonville, when a car driver opened his door, while driving, as the bike attempted to overtake him. The driver fled the scene, leaving the motorcyclist lying in the road. The police were informed.
The second, from St Peters, tells me that frequently drunken anti-social rowdiness from teenagers is a growing nuisance for residents.
Catching graffiti gangs is a good first step but there's a much wider problem it appears, just from listening to people's local stories of what's happening in their neighbourhoods and how anti social behaviour has changed dramatically over the last two or three years.
What's your view? Have the police got the situation under control by being more proactive - more speed traps I notice - or is Thanet steadily going downhill in regard to street crime?