Week of action to help protect residents against burglaries

Published: Tuesday, 08 October 2019

This October Northampton Community Safety Partnership is working together to help residents protect themselves against burglaries.

The partnership week of action will take place across five areas of the town that have previously been affected by burglaries, between 21 and 25 October.

Starting in St Crispins on 21 October, the partnership activities will include Northamptonshire Police vehicles and officers being on hand in central public areas to answer any questions and provide information. In addition, information drops will provide residents with tips and hints of how to protect their themselves and their property, and environmental works to cut back foliage build up, will reduce opportunities to conceal burglaries.

After St Crispins, the activities will then move to St James, Castle, and Delapre and Far Cotton.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “Darker evenings can make people feel less safe as well as provide opportunists with the ideal camouflage to burgle property. That is why we are working with Northamptonshire Police this October to provide vital hints and tips to help protect residents against crime.

“Just small actions, such as locking your door and windows, even if you are in the house, keeping valuables out of plain sight and security marking your property, all helps to keep people and property safe.”

Detective Sergeant Terry Rush, from Northamptonshire Police’s Burglary Team, said: “Darkness really is a burglar’s best friend and every year, we see a spike in the number of burglaries committed during the winter months.

“Most burglars look for a soft target – homes without lights on that look unoccupied or homes which look insecure and easy to break into.

“By leaving a light on while you’re out, especially using a timer, you really will reduce your chances of being burgled.

"Similarly, we’d advise people to always keep their windows and doors locked and to not leave valuable items in view of anyone who may be looking for easy-pickings. Please don’t leave keys within easy reach either.

“Operation Crooked aims to make Northamptonshire a hostile environment for burglars and we hope that the public follow our advice and help us to make sure that there are no easy pickings for burglars in this county.”

Operation Crooked is Northamptonshire Police’s campaign to reduce burglary - a top priority for the Force. As part of the operation, the Burglary Team, which sits within CID, ensures that every burglary victim in Northamptonshire is guaranteed a visit from the police.

They are also working to review and drive up the quality of investigations, manage and progress forensic hits, hunt down wanted people, organise police patrols in areas of concern and gather intelligence to prevent burglaries before they happen.