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Are You Formula One Ready?

Author: Northants Police Published: 10th July 2017 17:07

The spectacle that is the British Grand Prix arrives in Northamptonshire this week ahead of the big race on Sunday, 16 July 2017, bringing the glamour of international Formula 1 racing to Silverstone.The spectacle that is the British Grand Prix arrives in Northamptonshire this week ahead of the big race on Sunday, 16 July 2017, bringing the glamour of international Formula 1 racing to Silverstone.

The spectacle that is the British Grand Prix arrives in Northamptonshire this week ahead of the big race on Sunday, 16 July 2017, bringing the glamour of international Formula 1 racing to Silverstone.

With just afew days to go, spectators are being reminded to make sure they are well prepared for the country’s biggest sporting event.

As people prepare for their trip to the circuit they are reminding to take some simple steps to protect themselves and their possessions and to act responsibly throughout the event.

Superintendent Chris Hillery, who is leading the event’s police operation, said:
“The British Grand Prix is the biggest annual sporting event in the country which we are very lucky to host here in Northamptonshire.

“Because of increased security, this year it will take a little longer to enter the circuit as people will be subject to extra searches of their bags and their person. Safety is paramount and people are asked to be patient.

“We are working in partnership with Silverstone Circuit to ensure racegoers have a safe and enjoyable Grand Prix weekend and we will be deploying specialist assets such as covert police officers, overtly armed officers, a surveillance team and dogs.

“I also recommend racegoers take a look at our crime prevention tips and do all they can to prepare for their visit.

“The public can help us keep the event safe by being vigilant for anyone who looks out of place or suspicious, by reporting it to us on the 101 number, or by calling confidentially on 0800 789321.”

For more information about the Grand Prix, including travel advice, log on to or you can get regular updates via @NorthantsPolice on Twitter or by ‘liking’ our Facebook page.

Useful crime prevention tips include:

Tent security

  • 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.                                       
  • 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.

Personal safety

  • 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.


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