Preparations for the 2014 Grand Prix at Silverstone are well underway and Northamptonshire Police is encouraging people to make sure they are well-prepared ahead of the event.
Traditionally a low-crime event, officers want visitors to the circuit and neighbouring campsites to do their bit in order for everyone to have an enjoyable time.
Superintendent Richard James is the event commander. He said: “The British Grand Prix is the country’s biggest supporting event in terms of the number of visitors and working with partners, we are committed to ensuring each and every visitor goes home having had an enjoyable, safe weekend.
“As such, I would urge everyone planning to visit the circuit to spend some time before their trip to think about what they plan to do to keep safe.
“During last year’s event 75 crimes were committed – of which 40 were thefts from tents, many of which took place overnight.
“We want people who will be camping during the weekend to think about security before they arrive. Is there any way you can secure your tent while you’re at the track – or while you’re asleep?
“Simple things like making sure you have a padlock that can secure the entrance to your tent can make a difference. Or attach bells to anything that could be stolen, so if your tent is broken into at night you will hear the offence taking place.
“Police officers will be routinely patrolling the camp sites and private security teams will also be on hand during the weekend but visitors must take responsibility for securing their property.
“We want everyone attending the Grand Prix to have an enjoyable time and that includes not becoming a victim of crime.”
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Useful crime prevention tips include;
Don’t leave your valuables in your tent when it is unattended.
Once you get to Silverstone one of the main things to keep safe and secure is your tent, especially if you’ve taken all your worldly belongings and they are all inside your tent.
Tents are, by their very nature, not secure. If you are spending a lot of time wandering around Silverstone then your tent will spend a lot of time alone.
Leave your tent untidy; don’t make it easy for a thief to grab a bag with everything in it.
There are ways to make your tent as secure as possible, especially at night when you return from the circuit.
When you’re in your tent secure the zip pulls together with a padlock, to stop anyone getting inside.
Remove your wallet or purse from any clothing and hide money close to you while you sleep. Consider investing in a money belt that you can wear while you sleep.
Consider purchasing some purse bells or purse alarms that activate when your purse is removed so you can hear it being stolen.
Leave your shiny smart phone at home and bring an old one with you instead.
If you can’t live without your smart phone, tablet or laptop make sure you protect it. Download an anti-theft app before you set off; most are free, quick to install and will give us the best chance of finding your phone and hopefully catching the person who took it. To find and install an app go to your app store and search ‘anti-theft’.
Before you leave, make sure someone back home has details of the make and model of your phone, its IMEI number and any password. Also note down the account username and password of your tracking app.
When you arrive at Silverstone please remember to be discreet with your phone, keep it out of sight.
Register your property phone, MP3 player, camera and other property on the Immobilise database. It takes only a few minutes and is free.
Use a UV pen to write your postcode and house number on your stuff – it’s invisible to the human eye but if your gadget comes into a police station we will check it with our lights and return it to you.
Finally, please remember that it is against the law to report a lost phone as stolen just so you can get a crime reference number and claim on your insurance to get a new phone. It’s not worth risking a criminal record yourself just to save yourself a few quid.
Be aware of your surroundings and who is around you when you whip out your wallet to pay for your pint. Don’t take more money than you need, there are cash points on site or you can pay for items on your card.
While walking around the Silverstone site and campsites try and stay with friends, especially at night – there really is safety in numbers.
Stick to walking in well lit areas where possible.
Be aware of your surroundings. We would advise against wandering around wearing headphones.
Don’t flash your cash about, or broadcast how great your fancy new iPad or mobile phone is.
By all means, please have a good time, but remember that drinking too much hampers your judgment – one drink too many can lead to many problems – not least forgetting where your tent is. You can also become prone to assault or robbery when drunk – so try not to have too much and keep aware of your surroundings.
Consider the need to carry around a personal attack alarm some are available with a torch.
Don’t challenge people looking through tents - report them to Silverstone campsite/circuit staff or the police
CAR CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE
Don’t leave any property on display. What is not valuable to you, may be valuable to someone else.
Think – Remove it, Lock it, Keep it.
Make sure you close your windows and lock your car, put your alarm on and use any visible security device, like a steering wheel lock.