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As concerns over Covid-19 increase, members of the public are reminded of the need to only use the 999 or 101 service where it is absolutely necessary, and to otherwise use the online reporting systems in place.
While the Force continues to deal with Covid-19 and understand the detail of the Prime Ministers announcement, the force is urging people to head online to report non-emergency incidents and crimes. More »
If the 101 call isn't urgent, people should use the online forms available at www.northants.police.uk
The public can help reduce wait times by going digital, and thereby free up 999 and 101 for people who really need to speak to the police.
Superintendent Ash Tuckley, who heads the control room, said: "During these unprecedented times, we know that people are worried and they may feel they need to call the police. However we are reminding people that not all calls are emergencies and not all of these require an immediate police response.
"Inevitably what happens is that the queue builds up because everyone is trying to call one central call centre. This can lead to long wait times.
"Last year – 2018/19 – control room operators answered 280,531 calls to the 101 number, averaging 1,178 calls a day, of which 320 were 999 calls. By comparison, on average only 167 crimes were recorded a day.
"The majority of people are already making sacrifices to save lives and we urge everyone in Northamptonshire to follow the advice and help keep us all safe."
Posted: Sun, 29 Mar 2020 22:24 by Maureen Holliday
Please see a statement below from the Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police on Covid-19:
Chief Constable Nick Adderley, said: "We are all aware we are now living in unprecedented times and, from today, every one of us is being asked to step up and play a crucial role in the battle against Covid-19. All that is requested of you is that you follow Government advice - stay at home, save lives and protect our NHS. More »
"I fully expect the communities we serve across Northamptonshire will want to comply with the restrictions being put in place, indeed many were already doing so before the Prime Minister's statement to the nation last night.
"Northamptonshire Police will continue to work closely with you and to ensure people know what is expected of them and to encourage you through these coming days and weeks.
"However, where people are failing to adhere to the advice, we will use enforcement powers once we understand fully the legislation being made available to us. It will be used as a last resort, but a necessary one if required.
"Northamptonshire Police are well prepared for this, with plans in place to ensure all emergency calls are responded to while we will maintain our presence in neighbourhoods, keeping officers visible in communities as much as possible.
"We can beat this, but everyone needs to play their part. Please listen to your local police officers who are working day and night to keep you safe, your families safe, and in support of our NHS." » Less
Posted: Sat, 28 Mar 2020 22:25 by Maureen Holliday
IF YOU'RE NOT SURE DON'T OPEN THE DOOR. TOP 5 TIPS TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST DOOR STEP SCAMS
1. Use a door chain to check who's calling.
2. Don't trade on the door step.
3. Ask a trusted friend or family member for advice on reputable traders.
4. Display a "No Cold Calling" sticker outside your door.
5. Always report any suspicious activity.
REMEMBER IF YOU'RE NOT SURE, DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR
Following on from attending the 'Preventing Doorstep Crime, Fraud and Scams Event' hosted by Northamptonshire Police, the DDF Over 50's Forum has signed up to the 'Friends Against Scams' initiative which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering people to take a stand against scams. More »
DDF has made a pledge to spread awareness amongst their 700+ membership throughout Daventry and district, and to all other partners in support of the National Trading Standards Scams Team.
- 53% of people aged 65+ have been targeted by scams and criminals
- Scams cost the UK £5-10 billion each year.
- Anyone can be a scam victim, regardless of age, gender, education or economic background.
- Scam victims might not always admit (or be aware) that they are a victim of a scam. Only 5% of victims report the crime.
- Scams are the product of organised, predatory criminals who gain trust to exploit and steal money.
The age range of scam victims is 19 - 106 years old. Please see below information on who to contact to report or get advice. Scams are a crime, if you feel that an individual is in immediate danger contact 999. If there is no immediate threat, report the crime via the non-emergency number 101.
Please visit https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/become-a-friend and https://www.thinkjessica.com/where you can order the 'Don't Fall for a scam' booklet from the Charity called Think Jessica, who help protect elderly and vulnerable people from being victims to scams. Copies of this booklet were given out at DDF's last forum, they are a valuable source of information and includes a 'no cold-calling' window sign that residents can display. » Less
Posted: Wed, 25 Mar 2020 22:26 by Maureen Holliday