Neighbours encouraged to build a safe community

Colleen Atkins in The Broadway, Bedford.

Colleen Atkins in The Broadway, Bedford.

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Residents in the Queen Street area of Bedford will be getting a knock on the door as the Neighbourhood Watch and police carry out a community day of action.

The event, on Saturday (December 13), is being held to encourage people to take pride in their area and feel safe in their homes.

Neighbourhood Watch Area Co-ordinator Councillor Colleen Atkins said: “If we work together as a community we can help to improve things for everyone.

“This event is an opportunity for residents to raise any concerns you may have and for them to receive good, free advice from all the partners involved.

“We’ll do our best to help resolve any problems or issues. We also welcome suggestions for improvement and enhancements to the area.”

Bedfordshire Police, Neighbourhood Watch and local councillors will be knocking on every door in the area to meet residents and businesses as part of their Operation Vision event, speaking with residents and listening to their views.

Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service will be offering free fire safety checks and giving carbon monoxide advice while Bedford Borough Council will be making a clean sweep of the area removing litter and flytipping.

A ‘Speedwatch’ demonstration will be held in Queen Street, monitoring traffic and taking registration numbers of any drivers who exceed the speed limit.

Residents living in the area are encouraged to drop into the mobile police station based in Queen Street from 9.30am to 3pm where there will be a wealth of information and assistance available from a diverse range of organisations, including Bedfordshire Police, Neighbourhood Watch, Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service, BPHA, Bedford Borough Council, Speed Watch and ward councillors.

Neighbourhood Watch will promote the benefits of the scheme and encourage residents to join. There will be advice about reporting Anti Social Behaviour and how to seek help.

In addition, Neighbourhood Watch will provide mince pies, chocolates and refreshments!

Colleen said: “The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the many ways residents and businesses can stay safe and secure. We want to deter crime. I hope many residents will visit the mobile police station in Queen Street to receive lots of information and advice.”

She added: “There have been some bike thefts in the area recently. Security marking your bike deters potential thieves as your bike can be easily traced if it is stolen. Come and have it marked for free at the event.