Graffiti, vehicle crime and shoplifting tackled in police town blitz

Northants Police
Northants Police

The Kettering Safer Community Team ‘Week of Action’ received positive feedback from local people after officers took part in a variety of activities last week to tackle local issues and engage with communities.

Activities during the week included:

Officers and PCSOs joined revellers at the Wicksteed Park fireworks event and were on hand to offer advice and discuss any issues, as well as carrying out high visibility patrols around the venue.

During the week, Kettering Borough Council joined forces with officers to successfully identify and remove graffiti from local properties, including Eden Street, North Park Pavilion, garages on Valley Walk, Deeble Road, Ise Skate Park and St Johns shops.

A ‘Have Your Say’ event was held at the new Dunelm store in Northfield Avenue, with vehicle crime prevention the focus of the day following a slight increase in number plate thefts in the area. Around 50 number plate screws packs were given out and PCSOs Nadia Norman, Jo Wells and Babs Loveday provided vehicle crime prevention advice to the many people who visited.

PCSOs met with Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) coordinators to discuss any priority problems and helping to distribute NHW information and newsletter.

High visibility patrols were carried out to help tackle shoplifting and vehicle crime in Kettering town centre and around local industrial estates.

Parking enforcement patrols took place around local schools, and 18 tickets were issued.

PCSOs carried out patrols and reassurance visits to residents in areas where issues had been identified as a local priority.

SCT officers worked closely with local response officers to target known offenders and those who are on a night time curfew. 36 disruption visits were conducted and 12 checks on those who were on curfew.

The final day of the week resulted in the execution of a drugs warrant, which was carried out following information received from the public.

PC Sarah Bertram, who organised the week of action, said: “The week has been a success in so many ways and the positive feedback from residents has made it all worthwhile. It was great to be able to speak to many people about a variety of issues that matter to them in the area they live and offer reassurance where needed.”

For more information about activities of your Safer Community Team, visit the Local Policing pages at www.northants.police.uk