Northants Police Update March 2017
Two men from Brackley have recently
admitted to a series of offences relating to shoplifting and the passing of
fake currency in the South Northants area. A file has been prepared for the
Crown Prosecution Service and the men will be summonsed to court later in the
year. It is worth noting that CCTV and detailed reporting by members of the
public contributed significantly to linking all of the offences together to
prove guilt. We are also aware that a number of retail premises may have been
victim to these offences but not reported the matters. We would encourage the
reporting of all offences, no matter how minor, as this allows us to tackle
persistent offenders more efficiently.
It is important for you to be able to
access your local Community Police and also understand how our teams are made
up and what they offer in addition to the Response Teams that cover the South
Northants area. You can find details of your local officers and how to contact
them via: http://northants.police.uk/local-update/contacting-police
- This link also explains how 101 and 999 calls are handled and may dispel a
few myths relating to where your local officers are based. A further link
allows you to report crime online if you do not wish to ring 101: http://northants.police.uk/contact/online
We use social media to offer you an insight
into our work, real-time updates where possible or to share important crime
prevention information. We also link with local social media networks to enable
us to understand the issues that are currently being discussed or affecting the
Community. One repeating thread is your frustration that Police do not respond
as quickly or when you would expect. Please remember that if a Police officer
cannot come out or is delayed then it will generally be due to having been
deployed to a far more serious incident. Your local Community Team also respond
to 999 calls as they are generally the closest resource and as such can become
involved in incidents involving fatalities, significant injury or serious
criminality. These types of incidents can often be protracted and restrict
availability to attend less serious incidents.
Another hot topic is traffic congestion
during school start and finish times. Please use your local networks to
circulate the following considerations;
- Park with
consideration to residents – do not block or overlap driveways.
- Do not park on
the corners of junctions as you
reduce views and make it awkward for vehicles to safety turn into or out
of a street.
- Do not park
across or impede pedestrian
crossings or school zig-zag markings.
- Do not drive
along pavements when a road is blocked
– be patient and wait for traffic to clear.
- On congested
routes plan ahead and do not proceed unless there is a clear space to use to give way to
oncoming traffic or to allow traffic to give way to you.
- If possible
join with other parents and share journeys to reduce the number of
vehicles used and/or avoid congested routes.
- Please be
patient where a car has to cross a pavement to exit a carpark. The
driver’s view may be restricted and this will be further reduced by
pedestrians congregating whilst waiting to pass.
- Be aware that children do not easily judge the speed
of traffic and may step out into the road. 30mph may be the limit but
generally much slower speeds are required.
especially with young children, should use the side of the road with the
widest pathway and wherever possible protected from flowing traffic by
barriers or parked cars. “Why should
we have to cross and use the other side of the road?” – If it’s the
safest option in any situation then it’s worth doing! A large number of
children using a narrow path will always be at risk no matter how busy the
The above list is not exhaustive and there
will be occasions where people make errors of judgement, especially under
pressure. We are all human so please be patient. Police officers will monitor
where they can, however there are a large number of schools across the town and
villages all experiencing the same issues.
Please be reassured that Brackley,
Towcester and surrounding villages do not show any crime trends over and above
any other similar size areas. We have sporadic reports of thefts from vehicles,
particularly from vans for tools. There are no specific patterns to these
thefts and as such owners/operators should review the security of their vehicle
and its contents. As warmer weather approaches we generally tend to see an
increase in thefts from vehicles parked at beauty spots such as remote parks,
wooded areas, churches etc. Please consider; do you need to leave valuables in
your car? Take phones, purses, satellite navigation equipment with you whilst
away from your vehicle. Placing items in the boot or under a seat does not
deter opportunist thieves who may already be watching you when you park.
Brackley currently has an active Street
Watch scheme that is always seeking new members. Street Watch, in a nutshell,
is the equivalent of a mobile Neighbourhood Watch. In addition it can cover the
entire Community and tackle issues such as; vandalism, anti-social behaviour,
drug abuse and dog fouling. If you are interested in helping your community and
setting up a Street Watch scheme in your area then please contact your local
Police team at Brackley or Towcester for details.
website for more information and updates: http://northants.police.uk/neighbourhoods
Sergeant Michaela SIMONS, Brackley and Towcester Safer Community Teams.