Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Beat Bus and Community Surgeries


The police beat bus will be in the Parish Hall car park on Wednesday, 22nd May February 2024 from 11:30 am to 2:30pm with PCSO Matt Taylor.


Burglary Crime Prevention
Burglary is one of the concerns raised by residents of South Northamptonshire and is one of the South Northants Neighbourhood Team locally identified priorities ( LIP's ), these were chosen by the community.
Information on how to prevent Burglary of your Home:
Residential Burglary
Burglars often break in at the rear of properties. Ensure your rear garden is secure at all times with 1.8m perimeter fence/wall/gate and keep all gates lockedMake sure the front of your property is easily seen – fences and hedges should not be more than 1 metre highInstall dusk to dawn lighting above your front doorKeep your doors locked at all times – so many burglars just walk in – don’t make it easy for them!If you’re not in the room, close the window.
Make sure your house looks occupied, leave lights on when you’re out. Use timer switches for when you’re awaySecurity products help to deter and detect crime Get Smart Security With Ring Doorbells, Cams & Security Systems[]
More crime prevention advice can be found on the Northamptonshire Police website[] and on the Neighbourhood Watch website[]. 
If you would like to contact your local policing team, visit the Policing in Your Area[] section of our website.
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Jen Harrison
(Northamptonshire Police, PCSO, NS1 South Northants)
Preventing vehicle crime
Vehicle Crime is one of the South Northants Neighbourhood Team's locally identified priorities , chosen by the community of South Northants area.
Having your car broken into and losing your things to thieves can be very distressing. Here are a few simple steps you can take to keep your vehicle, and what’s in it, safe.
1. Always lock it
Fuelling up or popping back into your house to get something are perfect examples of how easy it is to turn your back for a moment and forget your vehicle is unsecured. So get into the habit of locking your vehicle even if you’re only going to be away from it for a moment.
If your vehicle has wing mirrors that fold in automatically when locked, make sure you lock it properly. Criminal gangs are looking for vehicles like these where the wing mirrors are still out because it is clear to them that the vehicle has been left unlocked.
2. Close windows and the sun roof to prevent ‘fishing’
Leaving windows and the sunroof open invites fishing for items through the gap by hand or with, say, a bent coat hanger, which could also be used to unlock a door for them to get in. Thieves can be ingenious. Don’t give them the opportunity.
3. Secure your number plates with tamper-resistant screws
The easiest way to change the identity of a stolen vehicle or avoid speeding tickets and parking tickets is to fit stolen number plates. Using security screws to attach your vehicle’s number plates makes it harder for thieves to get your number.
4. Fit locking, anti-tamper wheel nuts to secure alloy wheels
Stolen wheels are valuable, either as parts or for their scrap value. Using locking wheel nuts reduces the risk of your vehicle’s wheels being stolen.
5. Secure anything that’s on the outside of your vehicle
Anything left on roof-racks, tailgate racks, holiday top boxes or in tool chests are easily stolen when the vehicle is parked. The use of cable locks, padlocks and self-locking tools chests, which are secured to the vehicle, makes them more secure, but still, don’t leave things in them if you can avoid it.
6. Take it with you or hide it
Your mobile phone, coins for the car park, sunglasses, packs of medication or other items that can earn quick cash are irresistible to the opportunist thief. Remember, the cost of replacing a window is often much more than that of what’s stolen. And it should go without saying that wallets, handbags, purses and credit cards should never be left in an unattended vehicle.
7. Hide electrical items and leave no clues
Leaving sat nav mounts, suction cup marks on windows or cables on view gives it away that you have left a Sat Nav, smartphone or other device in your car. Even if they can’t see the Sat Nav or iPad they might still break in to see if it’s stored in the car, out of sight.
8. Tool theft from vans
Vans are often targeted by thieves for the tools stored inside. If you have to leave tools in a van overnight, it's a good idea to mark them clearly with your name / company name and address using paint pens and seal with a clear lacquer spray. Alternatively, you can use a variety of other property marking systems. Items that are clearly marked are less desirable and more difficult to sell on.
Consider using a lockable cabinet within your van to store tools – a number of security rated products are available. Small cameras are also designed to record inside vehicles. Visit Secured by Design for more details.
You can also take photographs of items of value, make a note of the serial numbers and consider registering them online at a property register site.
9. Park in well-lit and busier areas
It can take less than 30 seconds to break into a vehicle. Parking in well-lit areas and busy streets increases the chances of a thief being seen, so they’ll probably steer clear.
10. Take your documents with you
Having a vehicle’s registration and insurance documents could let a thief pretend to be the owner. Which means they could sell it on quite easily. So, never leave any documents in the vehicle.
11. Choose your car park wisely
If possible, always try to park in well-lit and staffed car parks or those with a Park Mark safer parking award. To find one, simply check out Park Mark
PCSO Jen Harrison
South Northants Neighbourhood Policing Team

Although it has been quiet around Pattishall Parish please be vigilant and continue reporting any suspicious incident/persons/vehicles straight away on 101 – don’t wait! 


If offenders are nearby call 999


There are Significant delays to the 101 service at present so you could be left waiting for a while.  You can also report online as this is monitored 8am-midnight 7 days a week.  Reporting online will be picked up quickly.


Inspector Dave Wakeman is responsible for Daventry and South Northants Neighbourhood Teams and the Rural Crime Team.


Locally Identified Priorities: The Police send out a survey every 4 months. The responses from the survey dictate the local priorities.  


Priorities identified for December – April 23 are: Road Safety and Road Traffic Offences, Burglary and Drug dealing and drug misuse.


The Police would like to encourage as many people as possible to fill in the survey.


  • Facebook:  The police don’t monitor Facebook pages. If in doubt report what you are concerned about to the Police, not just a local Facebook page
  • This is a low crime area. 


If you would like to receive up to date information it is easily accessible by:


  • Joining our email loop - contact the Coordinator
  • Pattishall Parish Website - there is a quick link to the NHW page
  • Facebook - PattishallParishNeighbourhoodWatch


Linda Hemming (NHW Coordinator)

Tel No. 07756 027051


Updated 6 February 2023

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Police protect women on nights out by tackling inappropriate behaviour


A proactive policing operation in Northampton and Kettering town centres which aims to keep women safe on nights out is proving to be extremely effective at stopping offending behaviour, and in safeguarding the vulnerable.

The operation known as Operation Kayak was first introduced by Northamptonshire Police last year after Covid lockdown restrictions on pubs, clubs and leisure facilities were lifted. It was clear that following the terrible murder of Sarah Everard, women did not feel safe, and much more was needed to be done across the whole of the UK to reduce sexual harassment and violence against women.

Violence Against Women and Girls is a matter of priority for Northamptonshire Police and an area of focus for at least the next three years.



Operation Kayak initially began as a pilot in 2021, and was funded by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner. However due to its success, this operation has now become business as usual for the Force.

As part of the op, unformed officers undertake hot spot patrols on Friday and Saturday nights (and on student nights) to help reduce offending, safeguard the public and protect against sexual aggression, harassment, and inappropriate behaviour.

Since it began, officers from Operation Kayak have arrested nine men for sexual offences - including rape and sexual assault. Officers have also provided warnings and words of advice to people seen acting suspiciously, aggressively, or displaying concerning behaviours.

In addition, any vehicles seen loitering in or driving around Northampton and Kettering town centres are stopped to see if their reason for being in the area is valid. As part of the op more than 200 vulnerable people have been supported and safeguarded.

Read more in the full article here.

Memory Joggers

How good is your memory at remembering details of events you see in the course of your normal activities?  How well would you recall details of events such as a motor accident, a burglary or a fight?
When you report such matters to the police and they push you for greater detail how would you then manage?
In order to help in such circumstances we have been provided by the police with an intel card, to help you record details soon after the incident.

Click here for a printable version of the Memory Jogger