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Community Safety

Bedford Borough Community Safety Partnership is committed to creating a safer borough where people live safer lives, and during 2010/11 it has delivered a variety of events and initiatives which have helped to improve the safety of our communities. 

 

The Partnership is comprised of Bedford Borough Council, Bedfordshire Police, Police Authority, Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service, the Bedfordshire Probation Trust, NHS Bedfordshire, local Housing Associations and many other Voluntary Sector Agencies. Working together we are able to pool resources much more effectively to achieve real improvements.  Some of our successes that have been delivered so far in 2010/11 include:

 

  • Installation of 50 passageway gates to improve security for households
  • Borough-wide Neighbourhood Watch Roadshows to make our communities safer
  • 18 Community Safety Forums across the borough meet every 3 months
  • Art mural projects with young people to clear up graffiti prone areas
  • Partnership Action Days which have included litter picks, graffiti and fly-tip removal along with free Home Fire Safety Checks
  • Weeks of Action, where the Partnership across the borough have joined resources to deliver  clean-ups, youth activities, crime prevention activities, training and employment advice and free health checks to those most at risk
  • Horizon Health checks

 

Sally Flint, Communities Manager, Bedford Borough Council, said: “This has been a really successful year for the Partnership and we have achieved some excellent results across the borough. However, we will not be complacent as we know there is still much work to be done to continue to make Bedford Borough a safer place to live and work.”

 

In addition, residents have benefitted from falling crime rates including a 33% reduction in thefts from vehicles in the year, a similar drop in thefts of vehicles, a cut of 5% in the number of robberies and reports of anti social behaviour down by 20%. House burglaries are down by 8%, which works out as 74 less households going through the trauma of this particular crime. 

 

"Together we've worked really to hard find ways of preventing people becoming victims of crime in the first place," said Chief Insp Rob McCaffray of Bedford police. "We don't want people to have to put up with anti-social behaviour or crime where they live or work. Tackling these issues is not just about policing though - we need other organisations to help borough residents help themselves and their communities.”

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