Cracking down on Christmas crime

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CCTV monitoring is set to increase as police step up patrols in Daventry town centre over the festive period.

On Monday night police officers from the Daventry team spoke to the town council about funding the extra monitoring.

Sergeant Sam Dobbs said: “What we want to do is increase the number of hours the cameras are actively monitored over the Christmas period to tie-in with our Operation Lapland.

“We have worked out the additional costs and would like permission from the town council to pay the money to it so it can be passed onto the firm which actually monitors the cameras.”

The town council agreed to the move, although some pointed out they would like to see the extra money spent on additional police on the streets.

Operation Lapland is the force’s initiative to combat crime in December and early January.

It focuses on the increased potential for shoplifting and theft from shoppers and their vehicles as they go about their Christmas and January sales shopping, but also the increased numbers of people going out in the evenings and at night for parties at pubs and clubs.

Details of when the cameras are monitored and the planned increase have not been released for crime prevention reasons.

Sgt Dobbs also thanked the town council for taking over running the CCTV system after Daventry District Council said it could no longer afford to run it due to budget cutbacks.

Sgt Dobbs said: “We had some teething problems in the change-over, but the bottom line is that we have all the cameras working.

“They record 24 hours a day, and are monitored at certain hours by people in Daventry who have a link to the police, who can also see the images in the control room.