Bedfordshire Police BedsALERT Updates
Beds Alert is a crime and community information messaging system run by Bedfordshire Police, which offers residents details about crime and events in their local area.
The service is free to everyone.
You can receive information electronically via email direct to your computer, view messages online, and once logged in, can also tailor your settings to detail exactly what type of messages you want to receive.
Receive crime reduction advice and help tackle crime in your local area
You can join Beds Alert by applying online here
Please note that “Beds Alert” replaces the previous Ringmaster messaging system that was withdrawn at the end of 2015. Subscribers to Ringmaster should have been automatically transferred from Ringmaster to the new Beds Alert system. If you have any queries about your subscription please email Beds Alert using this link: email@example.com
You may also find it more useful to use the POLICE.UK or CrimeStats websites that provide comprehensive reports on a range of criminal activity in your area. See here for more details.
New policing presence launches in Leighton Buzzard
Leighton Buzzard will see an increased police presence from this week, thanks to the launch of a brand new policing team.
Operation Sentinel is a forcewide commitment to tackling anti-social behaviour. The initial Operation Sentinel team was launched in March in Luton, and has successfully led to a number of brothels and drug dens being closed down, as well as multiple arrests for drug dealing and anti-social behaviour.
Now the operation is expanding, with the launch of a new team in Leighton Buzzard.
The team, which comprises a sergeant and eight constables, will be carrying out targeted police patrols in the community, addressing the priority issues that matter most to residents. This will include drug dealing, nuisance youths, dangerous motorcyclists, and street drinking.
Chief Inspector Sean Quinn, who leads the operation, said: “Operation Sentinel has been really successful in Luton with the community noticing and appreciating the impact that the team have had on level of anti-social behaviour within the town.
“I am delighted that we are now in a position to bring this new approach to Leighton Buzzard. The team will be actively engaging with the community and ensuring that the priority issues are tackled. They will also be targeting those individuals that insist on causing issues that disrupt the quality of life of those living in the area.
“It’s really important that we work with the public, and I’d urge anyone in Leighton Buzzard who has concerns about anti-social behaviour in their area to get in touch with the new team, either via 101 or by emailing us.”
PCC Kathryn Holloway said: “Even before my election, I felt it was vital to reassess the way Leighton Buzzard was policed, as the county’s third largest town was effectively being policed like a village. With the additional officers on the ground and a new base for officers at the Fire Station much closer to the centre of town, we will see a dramatic change in policing activity in the town going forward.”
You can contact the Operation Sentinel team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
We thought you would like to learn about the Crime Reduction Team in Bedfordshire Police. We are:
- Sgt Ben DIMMOCK - Crime Reduction Sergeant (countywide cover)
- Peter KNOWLES - Crime Reduction Social Housing (countywide cover)
- PCSO Juliet WRIGHT - Watch Scheme Development Co-ordinator (countywide cover)
- Lara CURTAYNE - Crime Reduction Officer (North Beds & countywide cover)
- Lesley JOHNSON - Crime Reduction Officer (South Beds & countywide cover)
- Dave KOONER - Crime Reduction Officer (South Beds & countywide cover)
The Force’s Crime Reduction Team assists their colleagues across the organisation by taking on a more strategic role, driving forward victim and public engagement initiatives - such as Operation Cocoon and Operation Salcoats - as well as providing training sessions for various departments on crime prevention and problem solving, and creatinge bespoke problem profiles for specific crimes, victims and locations.
The Crime Reduction Team is responsible for responding to the force’s priority crimes through research, analysis and action planning but has now expanded its remit to concentrate on problem profiling, emerging trends, crime patterns, and research into innovative reduction methods.
The team also works closely with internal departments such as the Domestic Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit (DAISU) and the Bobby Scheme charity. In addition to this, they also bring together partner agencies such as Neighbourhood Watch, the Fire Service and local authorities on their activities.
CROs are always available to advise both staff and members of the public, although practical delivery of crime reduction advice is carried out mainly by Local Policing Teams and our Force volunteers.
Sgt Ben Dimmock, who leads the team, said: “My job is about assisting the Crime Reduction Team in getting to the root of crime within our county and ensuring that organisations such as the police, the council, the fire service, Neighbourhood Watch and local communities are all working together in one aim, reducing crime within Bedfordshire.
“We know that issues can rarely be solved by one agency working on its own. I ensure that from a Crime Reduction perspective organisations are working together, to share information and to develop an action plan to drive forward Community Safety and Crime Reduction.
“It is great to be part of a team who can really make a difference within the community of Bedfordshire and to see the benefit of the changes we make within our county to make it a safer place to live and socialise.” If you have any queries regarding crime reduction, you can contact the team by email: email@example.com
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- Do not click on any links or open attachments contained within unsolicited emails.
- Do not reply to scam emails or contact the senders in any way.
- If an email appears to have come from a person or organisation you know of but the message is unexpected or unusual, contact them directly via another method to confirm that they sent you the email.
- If you receive an email which asks you to login to an online account via a link provided in the email, instead of clicking on the link, open your browser and go directly to the company’s website yourself.
- If you have clicked on a link in the email, do not supply any information on the website that may open.
If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards, you should immediately contact your bank, and report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.
Bedfordshire Police is continuing its crackdown on off-road bikers
The latest Operation Meteor initiative is designed to allow residents in anti-social behaviour hotspot areas to submit in-depth descriptions of the activity and culprits they witness, as well as any photographs and video they may have of off-road biking in progress.
Chief Inspector Sean Quinn, who will help lead the Meteor project, said: “Off-road biking presents a significant challenge for police and has done for some time – what we really want the public to know is that we have already been exercising the powers available to us and are constantly looking for ways to improve our response to this troublesome and dangerous behaviour.
“We recognise that Bedfordshire residents are frustrated and frightened by this issue and that’s exactly why we are investing in a new approach.
“Unfortunately we are not able to resource immediate attendance at each and every call made to us about off-road biking, but always allocate each call according to the level of threat, harm and risk posed at the time.
"This new email address will be an interactive way of providing us with vital intelligence and we appreciate the public’s support in helping us to stop this activity at the source by tracking and dealing with those responsible.”
The email address is not an instant reporting tool, and will not be monitored 24/7. Residents must still call 101 to speak directly to police to report crimes, and 999 in a genuine emergency.
The initiative is also being supported by Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins, who said: “From talking to residents across the county, I understand the frustration felt towards off-road bikers. I am committed to tackling this issue, and I fully support Chief Inspector Quinn and the Op Meteor team with this new initiative.”
Chief Inspector Quinn added: “I would like to stress that while we are thankful for the public’s support and would appeal for as much information as possible, we never encourage or condone vigilantism and would urge people not to put themselves at risk or take matters into their own hands.
“We are excited about working more closely with residents as well as our partners and the wider community to further crack down on off-road bikers and make the streets safer and quieter for everyone.”
Residents can email firstname.lastname@example.org with information
Bedfordshire Police is on the hunt for more Speedwatch volunteers.
Community Speedwatch allows members of the public to get actively involved in monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling through their neighbourhoods.
It is used in areas where residents have identified speeding as a priority and aims to educate motorists about the dangers of speeding, rather than enforcing as a first option.
Last year the police’s Speedwatch volunteers sent out 7,613 letters for speeding in the county.
Chief Inspector for Community Safety Neill Waring hopes more volunteers will come forward across the county.
He said: "The mere presence of a team of volunteers in a village has an immediate effect on the behaviour of drivers and our teams report a notable change in driver attitude to speed limits where they operate.
"Most drivers will understand the objectives of the scheme is to slow drivers to or below the posted speed limit and for those that don't respond accordingly, the registered owner of any vehicle seen exceeding the speed limit is sent an advisory letter by the police, explaining that speeding is unacceptable to the local community.
"Any driver who accumulates more than two warnings will have a personal visit by a police officer asking them to respect the quality of life for the communities they drive through.
"These visits send a clear message to those that think it is OK to speed."
Anyone can participate, volunteers must be 18 or over and full training will be given.
To find out more about becoming a volunteer, email email@example.com