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Anyone noticing suspicious or anti-social behaviour should call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or, if it's an emergency, 999.  Please provide as much information as possible (e.g. registration number of vehicle, description and number of occupants etc). The sooner the police have the information, the quicker they can respond.  Alternatively, you can call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

 

Attempted catalytic converter theft

In the early morning of Friday 3 July at around 01:50hrs, an attempt was made to steal the catalytic converter from underneath a vehicle parked at a property near the church in Whilton village.  It seems that the culprits may have been disturbed and left in a hurry because they left their tools under the car, and hence were unsuccessful.  CCTV captured the vehicle turning by the Green and passing the address twice, but didn't actually capture the offence taking place.  

However, it does raise the point that these people are coming through our village and Parish looking for potential vehicles to attack, and if successful, they can remove the catalytic converter from a vehicle and be away in a matter of minutes.  Hence, it is imperative that we all keep an eye out for any suspicious activity and report it to the Police immediately.

Randal, Chair of the Whilton Parish Council

Neighbourhood 'Alert' service

The police have a free message alert system to provide people quickly with information about crime and police activity in their local area and help keep communities safer.  See here to read more about the service and here if you'd like to register.  Examples of general advice:-

Preventing doorstep crime

Preventing burglary, vehicle crime and personal robbery

Secure your van and tools

Checking vehicle registration details

You can now find out if that car parked on a street near you for days on end is actually taxed and has a current M.O.T. certificate. Click here to check as many cars as you want.  It will tell you when the vehicle is taxed to and when the M.O.T. expires.  If its tax has expired by two months or more you can contact ELVIS (End of Life Vehicle Impound Scheme) by phoning 101 - when it asks for the department say Elvis and it will connect you.  They’ll then arrange for it to be removed through the Council’s Environmental Protection team.

Vehicle security

The Police have previously issued advice to all residents in the Daventry area:

Please be aware that across Daventry, residents are continually suffering from opportunist offences where properties and vehicles have been left insecure.

Residents are reminded to secure all vehicles when not in use, even for the shortest periods of time. Please remove all valuables from your vehicles rather than hide them in the boot or glove box, activate alarm systems where fitted and use steering locks.  If you are able to remove the front display on stereo systems please do so when you leave your vehicle unattended.  Never leave your car running unattended; apart from possibly losing it, you may find the insurance company won't cover the loss.

There have been incidents in Whilton where houses have been broken into during the night and it would appear the specific purpose was looking for motor vehicle keys with the view to stealing vehicles parked out on driveways. It is known that people do leave their car keys in very accessible places, particularly overnight, which is not a good practice. It is strongly recommended that keys are taken to the bedroom overnight, whether it is ground floor or first floor, and if you have a burglar alarm, always set it when you go to bed at night

Keep your house secure

Please be extra vigilant over the summer holiday season.   Remember that most burglaries happen quickly and whilst the house is empty.   Here is a check list to protect your property:

  • Secure all doors and close all windows
  • Lock garages and sheds
  • Lighting - leave an automatic time switch to operate on one or two lights during the evening or arrange for someone to come in and close curtains.
  • Burglar alarm - always set before leaving home
  • Tell neighbours - ask someone to keep an eye on your property
  • Close front and side gates
  • Report anything suspicious

Finally, don't forget that when you're either working or relaxing in your garden, the house and the cars parked on the drive are just as vulnerable.   Please ensure maximum security is maintained at all times.

Whilst there has been no reported crime recently in the village, be aware that it is happening in neighbouring villages.