Force to tackle festive crime

Sgt Sam Dobbs at Daventry Police Station
Sgt Sam Dobbs at Daventry Police Station

Police patrols in Daventry are to set double after the force announced the launch of Operation Lapland.

The Christmas crime crackdown by Northamptonshire Police will also see extra funding from both the force and Daventry Town Council to extend the CCTV monitoring hours throughout December.

The operation will also see a re-launch of a service where shopkeepers can text the CCTV control room with incidents of concern. There will also be plain-clothed spotter officers and uniformed officers in the town centre. Shopkeepers will be notified as to who is on duty.

Police and retailers will also be sharing information about those known to be involved in retail crime and nuisance with all the main retailers signed up.

There will also be additional CCTV cameras provided by Daventry Town Council, cardboard cutouts of policemen to key retailers and police keeping an eye out on the areas where shoplifters go after leaving the town centre.

The sergeant for the Daventry Safer Community Team Sam Dobbs said: “Our biggest challenge is getting local retailers to report incidents and crime.

“While some of them expect and plan for stock loss, shoplifting puts up our prices and engenders a culture that it’s OK to steal, when it isn’t.

“Shoplifting in Daventry is a crime which is not victimless as often the motives are drug-related.

“This year’s plans are based on feedback from 100 per cent of retailers last year, when Operation Lapland saw crimes reduce by 50 per cent to just 13 incidents, of which 11 were detected. One major retailer saw stock loss reduce from £250 per month to zero.

“That’s a tough target to beat, but working with the retail community and Daventry Town Council’s CCTV, we’ll do our best.”

Operation Lapland will see other schemes launched across the other big towns in the county including Northampton and Kettering.