Added: Wednesday 29 June 2011
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A TWO-MONTH crime operation is now underway on Northampton’s Racecourse, aimed at tackling crime and anti-social behaviour during the summer months.
Northampton’s north sector Safer Community Team will be running the operation, and a minimum of two uniformed officers will be dedicated to it each day at identified key times.
High-visibility foot patrols will take place around the town’s largest area of green space and officers will be using off-road bikes, the mobile police station and other police vehicles to maximise visibility in the area.
The operation will be complementing the Force’s countywide operations of Guardian and Nightsafe, which tackle serious acquisitive crime (robbery, burglary and vehicle crime) and alcohol-related crime and disorder respectively.
Sergeant Martin Treen, of Northampton’s Safer Community Team, said: “The Racecourse is enjoyed by thousands of people every week and often without incident.
“As the nights become lighter however, there can be an increase of incidents reported owing to the fact that the park is being used for longer periods and by more people.
“We will be patrolling the Racecourse to provide reassurance and to be on hand if assistance is required.
''If you are on the Racecourse, please approach those officers on patrol and discuss any concerns and questions you may have in relation to the area.
''We do advise anyone to use the Racecourse as a short cut at night time, instead stick to well-lit and used paths.
“People are more vulnerable if they are walking at night in dimly-lit areas and this is crime prevention advice we would give generally, not just the Racecourse or any other park for that matter.”