A picture of who is likely to be a victim of crime – and where and when they are most likely to be targeted – has been revealed.
Documents seen by the Evening Telegraph reveal profiles of who is likely to be a victim, what time of day burglars and robbers are most likely to strike and where they will target.
Police are using the information to target offenders and cut crime.
Corby has been set tough targets to tackle acqusitive crime for 2011, Kettering must tackle its domestic burglary issues to meet the target and, in Wellingborough, serious acquisitive crime remains a big issue.
Only East Northamptonshire is firmly on course to meet its reduction targets.
The figures have been revealed by the Compass Unit, which also shows details of where the most crimes are carried out, and which age groups are responsible.
In every area in the north of the county you are most likely to be robbed if you are in the main town centres during the evening. Areas near schools in Wellingborough are also a hotspot for robberies, where you are most likely to be a victim if you are aged 10 to 17. Students
and the unemployed are the most likely victims in Kettering.
Homes are most likely to be burgled in Corby and Kettering town centre during the afternoon and early evening on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Victims tend to be aged 20 to 49.
In East Northamptonshire, burglars target older residents, usually overnight.
Drug addiction is widely regarded as a key motivation burglaries and robberies throughout the north of the county.
Martyn Cooper, 23, of Pipers Hill Road, Kettering, said: "We are comfortable in the area we live in, but I know some places are not as good as this.
"From what I know the police do a good job. It is just about doing as much as you can to prevent crime yourself – simple stuff like keeping gates and sheds locked and keeping an eye on the street.
"This is a Neighbourhood Watch area and it works well. If there is any noise the curtains usually start twitching. People also look out for neighbours when they are on holiday."
Tony Brundle, of Holcot Close, Wellingborough, said mugging was the only type of crime he had any particular fear of. He added: "I wouldn't say I feel totally safe. The only thing I would be worried about is some of the streets are quite dark at night, so muggings in that situation is the only thing that worries me.
"I saw in the Evening Telegraph recently that a lot of prolific burglars had been put in prison and I haven't heard of any burglaries locally."
Police in the county launched Operation Guardian after being criticised for lagging behind other forces in their attempts to reduce acquisitive crime.
Since the beginning of the operation in September, they have made 400 arrests and have raided dozens of homes.
Last year, there were 12,562 reports of robbery, domestic burglary and vehicle crime. Police have set a target to reduce this by 16 per cent by the end of March.