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Added: Thursday 14 June 2012
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A BUSY week for Northamptonshire Police continues with the Moto GP weekend at Silverstone (Friday 15 June to Sunday 17 June).
Officers and staff have been busy organising local policing around Euro 2012 while, in the north of the county, a large community policing and security operation was put in place around the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee visit to Corby yesterday (Tuesday).
From tomorrow it is the turn of the south of the county, with an extensive community policing operation planned around the Moto GP which attracts bike enthusiasts from all over the world.
There will be a high-profile police presence at the event, with both uniformed Police Community Support Officers and a plain-clothes crime team patrolling round the clock.
The planning has centred on ensuring that visitors have a safe and stay in the county, whilst minimising the disruption to local residents.
Event Commander, Superintendent Sean Bell, commented: “We are looking forward to welcoming so many visitors to the county and ensuring they have a safe and enjoyable time with us.
“We have hosted the Moto GP for a number of years now and it has established itself as a fun event with few incidents to deal with and I hope that continues this year.
“We work hard to maintain the trust and confidence of our communities and it is especially important when policing an event such as this that we do not forget the concerns of our local residents.
“Anybody with any concerns during or after the event should contact us by email, the switchboard, or via their local Safer Community Team.
“Sadly, where you have any large gathering, there will be a minority of people intent on committing crime.
“To combat this we have a dedicated plain-clothes operation to detect and prevent serious acquisitive crime, particularly around vehicles and motor cycles.
“I would urge visitors, especially those camping, to heed the crime prevention advice that we give and to make sure they keep their wits about them and know the whereabouts of their valuables at all times.
”If you spot any suspicious activity, ring us or alert a police officer or steward straight away.”
Key crime prevention messages are as follows:
• If you are camping, leave your tent untidy which makes it harder for a thief to grab a bag with everything in it. When asleep, do not leave valuables on display
• Take money, credit cards, mobile phones and cameras with you at all times.
• Please drink responsibly. Too much alcohol can lead to you becoming involved in crime as an offender or, more importantly, as a victim. Never drink and drive.
• Take care when walking along the country lanes around Silverstone as many are not lit and have uneven grass verges. Wear light coloured clothing when out and about, face oncoming traffic and it’s a good idea to carry a torch.
Ensure that all valuables are removed from your vehicle if it is left unattended