|Northamptonshire Police has launched an operation targeting criminals wanted for burglary, robbery and vehicle crime offences.
Throughout March, Operation Crooked will see officers take action against known and wanted suspects across the county, including the release of images to help identify and locate individuals.
Op Crooked will also see increased patrols and activity in key areas including Kettering and parts of Northampton, as well as the sharing of crime prevention advice to help people take action to reduce their risk of crime.
Superintendent Chris Hillery, who is leading the operation, said: “Op Crooked is all about being on the front foot in preventing serious acquisitive crime in Northamptonshire.
“These types of offences can cause a huge amount of harm and distress, so our work will focus on prevention from both sides, combining daily intelligence-led disruption and enforcement activity against offenders with providing simple but effective advice to help people reduce their risk of becoming a victim.
“Most offences happen as a result of insecurities, so something as simple as always locking external doors and windows is a really effective prevention tool.”
Crime prevention tips and advice will be delivered by neighbourhood policing teams and crime prevention officers, aided by partners including Northamptonshire Emergency Services Cadets and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service.
It will also be shared online and on social media, along with live operational and arrest updates. Information will also be shared through community partnerships and key contacts.
Supt Hillery said: “I want to reassure people that as a force we are here to listen, and to offer support and help. We also want to work with you – information from within our communities is an essential tool in fighting crime, as people know who offenders are, and who know is selling stolen goods.
“To criminals, my message is equally clear – if you’re involved in any form of burglary, robbery, vehicle crime or the handling of stolen goods, you’ll be hearing from us. Your family and friends will also hear from us, and your photograph will be shared so your face is known to the community.”
Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold is backing Operation Crooked.
He said: “I welcome and wholeheartedly support the launch of Operation Crooked. I want to assist the Chief Constable, officers and staff from Northamptonshire Police, as well as the public, in reducing crime and targeting those few members of society who chose to engage in this type of criminal activity.
“We are looking for local people to help prevent this type of activity by making sure that they act responsibly with their property. Closing doors and windows when out is a great example of this, as this still very much remains one of the key reasons that people’s homes get burgled. I also want Northamptonshire to be a hostile place for people to operate if they commit this type of crime.
“I welcome the publication of persons committing these crimes so that the public, local Neighbourhood Watch groups and others can help make their own communities safer and report to us those that are actively committing burglaries, and assist us in locating and arresting those responsible. I want to make sure, through the Chief Constable, that the Force is relentless in doing this and disrupting those that choose to behave in this way.”
Information about crime, suspicious activity or the suspected handling of stolen goods can be reported via 101, citing Op Crooked, or online here. You can remain anonymous if you wish. Information can also be reported free and in confidence to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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