Hundreds get crime fighting advice at Kettering event

A community policing event held in Kettering on Saturday (June 7) has been hailed as a success

A community policing event held in Kettering on Saturday (June 7) has been hailed as a success

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Residents living in the All Saints area of Kettering had the chance to meet their beat officers and get crime prevention advice during a community event at Rockingham Road pleasure park.

More than 250 people went along to the event in Park Road to talk to local officers and find out more about how to keep their homes and property safe.

PCSO Megan Sae-Thang said: “Despite a rainy start, the day went really well with lots of people, mostly families, coming along.

“The children enjoyed the various activities, especially the face painting, and we gave out crime prevention advice and information to help people make their home and property safer.

“Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue and Northamptonshire County Council Trading Standards were there to give out safety information and advice, and people also had the chance to get their bikes security-marked.”

During the weekend, officers also delivered home security advice packs to all homes in the All Saints area as part of a crack down on burglary.

A spokesman for the force said: “Many burglaries in the area happen because doors and windows have been left unlocked and police want to encourage people to take simple steps themselves to make their homes safer.

“The packs include various advice leaflets and a property marking kit, as well as a key ring and fridge magnet, to be used to remind people to make sure their home and property is secure.

“The images for the key ring and magnet were designed by local junior school pupils at Kettering Park Junior School and Kettering Buccleuch Academy, who took part in a competition to design a crime prevention poster. “

Loulla Shepherd from Park Juniors took first prize for the magnet design, and Zara Patrick and Samuel James Lane were the runners-up.

The winning key-ring message was designed by Kiera Williamson from Buccleuch Academy, while Maddie-Ann Martin and Ezrie Saunders were the runners-up.