A summer safety campaign has been launched in Daventry following a spate of arson attacks in the town.
The campaign was agreed at the start of the month, as reported at the time by the Gusher
Operation Stay Safe is being run by the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership and will feature a number of initiatives from police and fire services as well as volunteer organisations.
Among those will be additional patrols during the week by the Rural Intervention Vehicle, which is staffed by both a police officer and a fire officer as part of a collaboration between Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue.
Known hotspots will be the focus of weekend evening patrols led by police and fire officers as well as volunteer groups such as the Street Pastors and the Phoenix Youth Centre
Police cadets will hand out safety information on various dates throughout the summer, and police and fire officers are holding a series of safety talks at schools in the area ahead of the summer holidays.
People will also be encouraged to join two Neighbourhood Watch-style schemes to combat anti-social behaviour – Park Watch and Allotment Watch.
The summer campaign is being held in response to a string of arson attacks since the end of May, including a number of small fires in parks, shed fires at the Welton Road allotments and a stolen golf buggy set alight on a wooden bridge at Daventry Country Park.
Ian Vincent, chairman of the community safety partnership, said: “This is a matter of real concern. Quite apart from the damage to property and community facilities, these fires pose a real danger to people.
“Working together in partnership gives us the best chance of stopping these crimes, but we’re also asking for the support of the community. Please, be vigilant and report any suspicious activity or anti-social behaviour to police. That will help them gather intelligence, which is the key to catching the culprits.”
People who see anyone setting fires or acting anti-socially is urged to report it to Northamptonshire Police by phoning 101, or 999 if it is an emergency.
The Community Safety Partnership brings together partners including Daventry District Council, South Northamptonshire Council, Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service, Northamptonshire County Council and Nene Clinical Commissioning Group to reduce crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour within the community.