Northamptonshire Police are hoping to help young people reduce their risk of being robbed over the summer period.
Analysis of previous years’ recorded crimes show one in five victims of robbery in August are under the age of 18.
Officers will be stepping up patrols throughout the county and offering crime prevention advice.
Here are some tips to prevent personal robbery:
Plan ahead before you go out. Know where you’re going, how you’ll get there, and how you’ll get back. Let someone know where you’re going, and be prepared for a change of plan
Keep your purse or wallet and keys close and secure. Only take out essential items, and keep valuables out of sight
If you can leave valuables at home, do
When you’re out, always walk with confidence, and stick to well-lit, busy areas
Stay alert to your surroundings – don’t walk along texting, making a phone call or listening to music. As well as being distracting, this advertises your valuable to criminals
Trust your instincts – if you don’t feel safe then change your route, remembering to stay in well-lit and busy areas. Don’t be tempted to take short cuts
Be a good friend and stay safe by sticking together. Always avoid walking alone at night
If you have been a victim of robbery, or have been affected by any other crime or road traffic collision, you can access help and support via Voice – http://voicenorthants.org/ or 0300 303 1965.