Local crime update: Spike in crime

Our local PC 472 John Hutchings sent through this recent update:

OVERSTONE
Burglary [of a] dwelling. Offenders disturbed in the property during mid-morning.

BOUGHTON
Burglary [of a] dwelling.

PITSFORD
Overnight, 16 vans entered at business premises. Items stolen.

SPRATTON
Aware of this via Neighbourhood Watch, I’ve not seen crimes recorded as yet, Vans entered and tools stolen.

VANS – TOOLS. Internal tool storage safes, Van Vault is one available, please consider installing, alarm internally and where possible, back up to something solid or next to something solid to prevent access to the load doors. If two vans, back to back can prevent access. Clearly mark tools so that they can be identified and returned!

Please be aware that over the last 48 hour period, theft from van, total of 20, some not reported yet, has taken place. Also theft from outbuildings and sheds for power tools and the usual items found.

Following a talk last night from Crime Prevention, the most important factor is to secure your perimeter as preventing access will then possibly deter a thief as they will always target the easier option.

Ensure all property you have is photographed, any identifiable numbers recorded and you can register them on a database that all police forces have access to: immobilise.com.

Burglary dwelling and this kind of theft is currently our priority on my beat and working with crime prevention, special constables, PCSOs and myself, we are being as pro active as we possibly can to deter and prevent these offences taking place, but we still need your help.

NHW co-ordinators, if you can assist, especially those who attended the meeting last night, can you pass on your knowledge around crime prevention and the items available to us / you. Overt marking of items is always a good deterrent.

Keep em peeled and PLEASE, report any suspicious behaviour straight away, if you feel there is a crime in progress, 999. Let us decide.

Local crime update: Van tool thefts

Andy Crisp, the Daventry District NHW Administrator, has sent through the following notice of a recent spate of van thefts:

The NHW Co-ordinator for Spratton has advised [23/11/17]:

In the early hours of yesterday morning there were two attempted van break-ins and one actual van break-in where items were stolen in the Gorse Road area of Spratton. All three incidents would seem to have taken place within a matter of minutes from about 2.15am and one resident, whose drive alarm was activated, actually saw two men running from their drive but they had absconded by the time the occupier went outside.

The following advice was attached to the email (PDF): Van Tools Security. (Most modern browsers ought to open PDF documents natively.)

Local crime update: Rural South-East

Our local PC John Hutchings sent through this crime update for the local area.

Clipston
Day-time burglary [of a] dwelling. Ground floor window smashed and jewellery stolen.

Haselbech
Heating oil taken from house tank.

Boughton
Car key burglary. Rear window forced, car keys taken, vehicle then driven off.

Moulton
Red diesel stolen from plant machinery.

Harlestone
There were suspicious circumstances reported last night regarding persons going door to door offering numerous different reasons for them being there. The vehicle linked to them has been located and recovered. Out of all the properties visited, only one called it in to us last night. Please, the more calls we get, at the time, can often influence a response.

One for the farming community to note, there was a theft of sheep from Byfield where persons had entered the field and removed a quantity of sheep.

Local crime update: Citroen van linked to theft

PC 1368 Rob Stevens from Wellingborough has sent through this alert. I couldn’t find any mention of a Citroen van with make "Cadre", however.

Van linked to theft of £20K of catalytic converters seen acting suspiciously in Daventry area

October 12, 2017

Police have asked residents to be on the lookout for a silver Citroen Cadre van which has been linked to distraction burglaries in the Daventry area.

The vehicle, registration FP54 LRX, has ladders on its roof and was sighted acting suspiciously at a farm in the Kislingbury area shortly after 10:00 today (Thursday, October 12) where the driver was attempting to buy batteries.

It has previously been linked to the theft of £20,000 of catalytic converters in Northamptonshire.

Anyone with information should call Northamptonshire on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Incident Number: #128 of 12/10/2017

Alert: Guarding your letterbox

It has come to my attention that one of our residents has had something put through their letterbox which could potentially have been dangerous; the resident has pets and small children, any of whom would have suffered from ingesting this item.

Whether or not this was a prank or something worse, if you have children or pets please check wherever your mail lands and, if something comes through that you were not expecting, please let me know.

Needless to say, the police are now investigating this disturbing incident.

Force-wide anti-theft drive

I have received this message forwarded by Ian Fearnley, our Northants NHW administrator, from the Daventry and South Northants Neighbourhood Inspector, Kev Byrne:

Northamptonshire has in the past five years experienced an increase in theft offences across the county at this time of year, with last year being particularly high.

To this end, Northamptonshire Police will be running a force-wide operation between 25 September to the 30 November focusing on theft offences which cause the most harm to victims such as dwelling burglary, non-dwelling and theft from motor vehicle.

There will be dedicated patrols in place over this period. We will be looking at engaging with communities around crime prevention advice and intelligence gathering. There will be media coverage around this campaign during this period.

If you could share this information with your immediate contacts that would be appreciated.

If you have anything to report around suspicious activity or something you have witnessed please call 101 or in an emergency call 999.

HMRC: Phishing emails and bogus contact

An anti-fraud advisory has come through from Northamptonshire Police Community Connect: HMRC has some excellent information on protecting yourself from phishing attacks and bogus contact. The link to the full article is below.

(Another great rule of thumb is never to open any link from your email, and instead to always open a new browser window and type the full address of the site you wish to visit [such as www.gov.uk] along with the secure HTTPS protocol, i.e. https://www.gov.uk.)

Phishing emails and bogus contact