Police take action after rise in county vehicle crime

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Officers are holding a safety event this weekend following an increase in vehicle crime across the county.

Officers from the force’s Operation Guardian team will be joined by the Heart Angels from Heart radio at the event in a bid to protect people from falling victim to vehicle crime.

The crime prevention event will be on Saturday (February 16) between 11am and 4pm outside the Newlands Centre in Gold Street, Kettering.

Visitors will be able to take part in a number of quizzes with prizes up for grabs.

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.

“As part of Operation Guardian, we are also holding preventative initiatives to encourage people to take precautions to avoid becoming a victim of vehicle crime.

“A particular issue at the moment is theft from vehicles.”

Theft from motor vehicles accounted for slightly over 76 per cent of vehicle crime during the past 12 months.

Between April and June 2012, 53 per cent of items stolen were 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 at www.northants.police.uk/crimeprevention.