County-wide police day of action

PCSO Chris Burrows on patrol in Wellingborough
PCSO Chris Burrows on patrol in Wellingborough

Crime prevention was the focus of a police day of action across the county today, Wednesday, April 24.

Officers in Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire held activities throughout the day as part of Operation Guardian, the Force’s county-wide operation to tackle burglary and vehicle crime.

PCSO Sue Claxton offers crime prevention advice in Kettering

PCSO Sue Claxton offers crime prevention advice in Kettering

The aim was to engage with communities, provide crime prevention advice and signpost help and support to make life harder for thieves.

Officers also visited residents in areas identified as hot spots for burglary and vehicle crime.

Chief Superintendent Paul Fell said: “This day was all about us being visible, meeting people and spreading the crime prevention word.

“There is something that every one of us in local communities can do to assist in making the county a hostile area for criminals to operate in.

“Taking some simple steps such as not leaving valuables on view, locking doors and windows, or telling the police of concerns that you might have about people committing crime in your area can all make life harder for thieves.”

Community activities will be taking place at various locations across the county throughout the day.

Officers in Kettering went to hot spot areas such as All Saints, to speak with residents about ways to avoid becoming a victim of burglary.

The mobile police station was parked at Tesco in Carina Way, Kettering, between 9am and 4pm where cyclists were invited to take their bikes to be security marked.

A ‘Cuppa With a Copper’ event was held in Gold Street, Kettering, where officers were joined by the Mayor of Kettering.

There creased police presence throughout the day of action Wellingborough and officers patrolled the town centre to clamp down on purse thefts, which has been a recent issue in the area.

A ‘Have Your Say’ event at Sainsbury’s supermarket, and in the rural areas of Wellingborough, officers visited farms to record an inventory of significant plant equipment.

Crime prevention packs were distributed in the Queensway, Redwell and Castle areas of Wellingborough, which has recently seen an increase in vehicle crime.

Areas experiencing shed breaks were also targeted – officers gave out shed alarms to prevent this type of crime.

In the East Northamptonshire sector, a community engagement event was held at the Co-op store in Higham Ferrers and officers patrolled villages across the East Northants area.

In Corby, officers carried out high visibility patrols in areas suffering from vehicle crime and burglary.

The team were also in the town centre to engage with people about ways to prevent becoming a victim of burglary and vehicle crime.