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Northamptonshire Police is supporting Operation Calibre – a week long initiative led by the National Police Chiefs’ Council to tackle personal robbery, which launched on Saturday 10 December and will continue until Saturday 17 December.
The national operation, taking place across England, Wales, and Scotland, is part of intensified efforts to crack down on personal robbery.
Throughout the week of action, the force will be looking to target habitual offenders and take them off the street.
There will also be focus on the different strands of education, engagement, prevention, and enforcement, all of which are important in playing our part to reduce personal robbery.
National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for Personal Robbery, Commander Richard Smith, said:
“Personal robbery has a devastating impact on victims, leaving them with trauma which can be lasting. We know criminals look for easy opportunities, often targeting some of the most vulnerable in society, such as children, with high levels of violence exhibited, making robbery particularly traumatic.
“We continue to see this impact and it is why tackling personal robbery remains a national policing priority. Whilst personal robberies are at their lowest levels since 2016, we cannot afford to take it for granted and must continue to target those habitual criminals who can be responsible for a large amount of offending.”
Detective Superintendent Rich Tompkins from Northamptonshire Police, said:
“We are pleased to support Operation Calibre given that tackling robbery is an ongoing force matter of priority, under the serious violence heading.
“Our activity will focus on both enforcement and prevention with increased visibility in hotspot areas and the arresting of people intent on committing crime. We will be actively seeking a number of wanted individuals as well as engaging with young people to show them the impact of robbery and how it effects the future of both the victim and offender.
“Finally, in an ideal world, the issuing of crime prevention advice wouldn’t be needed, however, sadly there are people out there who would look to steal people’s belongings in a street robbery and therefore, the tips below have been produced and will give people the best chances of not becoming a victim.”
Personal Robbery Safety Tips