Police on air at Kettering crime prevention this Saturday

The Heart Angels are teaming up with Northamptonshire Police at a crime prevention event at the Newlands Centre this Saturday (February 16)
The Heart Angels are teaming up with Northamptonshire Police at a crime prevention event at the Newlands Centre this Saturday (February 16)

An event aimed at reducing vehicle crime is being held outside the Newlands Shopping Centre in Kettering this Saturday (February 16).

Police officers will be joined by the Heart Angels from Heart Radio between 11am and 4pm in Gold Street, Kettering.

Visitors will be able to win prizes in a number of quizzes.

Vehicle crime lead for the force, Detective Inspector Ali Farr, said: “We have seen an increase in vehicle crime across the county, and historically we see a particular rise in vehicle crime during March.

“Operation Guardian is working to clamp down on offenders. 431 arrests were made during 2012 for vehicle crime offences and we continue to carry out enforcement activity to send a clear message to offenders that this type of crime will not be tolerated.”

Det Insp Farr said a particular issue across the county at the moment is is theft from vehicles.

That type of crime accounted for about 76 per cent of vehicle crime in the last 12 months.

Between April and June 2012, 53 per cent of items stolen had been left on view.

Crime prevention manager Laura Jones said: “There were 15 incidents across Kettering last week where items were stolen from vehicles.

“The event on Saturday provides an opportunity to engage with motorists to encourage people to take some simple preventative measures, such as ensuring all valuables are removed from their vehicle before leaving it unattended.

“The event is perfect for children to get involved and enter a Crime Prevention competition.”

Further vehicle crime prevention advice can be found on the Force’s website, www.northants.police.uk/crimeprevention.