This year, the 2018 F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit will be taking place on the weekend of 6–8 July and Northamptonshire Police has once again been closely involved in the planning process to ensure racegoers have a safe and enjoyable experience.
Superintendent Chris Hillery, the event commander for Northamptonshire Police, said: “We are working closely with Silverstone Circuit and our partners as the event approaches to ensure people are safe over the F1 British Grand Prix weekend and anyone looking to commit a crime doesn’t succeed.
“We have a large number of police officers, PCSOs, police staff, specials and volunteers who will be on duty throughout the weekend as well as specialist assets including covert officers, armed officers and dogs.
“We are very experienced in the policing of this event having done so over a number of years however this doesn’t mean we can afford to be complacent. The security measures we are putting in place will be as stringent as ever and anyone thinking of taking advantage of the race weekend to commit a crime will be caught.
“For security reasons, people entering the circuit will again be subject to extra searches of their bags and their person. This will make entering the venue slower than in previous years but security is paramount and event-goers are asked to be patient.
“The public can also help us keep the event safe by being vigilant for anyone or anything which looks out of place or suspicious and reporting it to us on 101.”
- The traffic management plan is coordinated and delivered by the Highways Agency – supported by Northamptonshire Police and other partner organisations. For more information on road closures and the best routes into the track, please see the information PDF below.
- Motorists should allow plenty of time for their journey to and from the event because of increased pressures on the county’s roads.
- Motorists should be aware of road signs and diversions when travelling to the event and follow any signposts that have been put in place.
- Race-goers are advised to tune into Silverstone Radio for the latest updates on traffic advice.
You will be directed into a car park which will enable you to leave the event by the same route you arrived.
Travelling by train
The nearest stations to Silverstone Circuit are Northampton and Milton Keynes. Both are about 16 miles from the circuit.
Regular traffic updates will be broadcast by local radio stations:
- BBC Radio Northampton (104.2FM)
- Heart FM (96.6FM).
- Silverstone Radio (87.7FM or 1602MW)
Vehicle Crime Prevention
- Don’t leave any property on display in vehicles. What is not valuable to you may be valuable to someone else.
- Think – Remove it, Lock it, Keep it.
- Make sure you close your windows and lock your car, put your alarm on and use any visible security device, like a steering wheel lock.
- If you can’t live without your smart phone, tablet or laptop during the race weekend, make sure you protect it. Download an anti-theft app before you set off; most are free, quick to install and will give us the best chance of finding your phone and hopefully catching the person who took it. To find and install an app go to your app store and search ‘anti-theft’.
- Before you leave, make sure someone back home has details of the make and model of your phone, its IMEI number and any password. Also note down the account username and password of your tracking app.
- When you arrive at Silverstone please remember to be discreet with your phone and keep it out of sight.
- Register your property on www.immobilise.com. It takes only a few minutes and is free. Use a UV pen to write your postcode and house number on your stuff – it’s invisible to the human eye but if your gadget comes into a police station, we will check it with our lights and return it to you.
- Tents are, by their very nature, not secure. If you are spending a lot of time wandering around Silverstone then your tent will spend a lot of time alone.
- Don’t leave your valuables in your tent when it is unattended.
- Leave your tent untidy; don't make it easy for a thief to grab a bag with everything in it.
- When you’re in your tent, secure the zip pulls together with a padlock, to stop anyone getting inside.
- Remove your wallet or purse from any clothing and hide money close to you while you sleep. Consider investing in a money belt that you can wear while you sleep.
- Consider purchasing some purse bells or purse alarms that activate when your purse is removed so you can hear it being stolen.
- For security reasons, everyone entering the event will be subject to extra searches of their bags and their person. This will make entering the venue slower than in previous years but is necessary. In order to facilitate quicker access, event-goers have been asked to bring only one bag into the venue, which should be no bigger than a standard rucksack (max 20 litre capacity).
- Be aware of your surroundings and who is around you when you are paying for things. Don’t take more money than you need; there are cash points on site or you can pay for items on your card.
- While walking around the Silverstone site and campsites try and stay with friends, especially at night. Stick to walking in well-lit areas where possible.
- Be aware of your surroundings. We would advise against wandering around wearing headphones.
- Consider the need to carry around a personal attack alarm - some are available with a torch.
- Don't challenge people looking through tents - report them to police or the Silverstone campsite/circuit staff.
- By all means, please have a good time, but remember that drinking too much hampers your judgment – one drink too many can lead to problems – not least forgetting where your tent is. You can also become prone to assault or robbery when drunk – so try not to have too much and keep aware of your surroundings.
- Northamptonshire Police will be conducting alcohol test purchasing operations throughout the weekend at the circuit and surrounding licensed premises.
- Northamptonshire Police takes underage drinking very seriously and will utilise all of our powers to monitor and respond to any breaches of license.
- If young people are found to be drinking alcohol in public places they should expect to have the alcohol confiscated and their parents/guardians contacted.