Working together for safer communities

An investment by housing association bpha is set to support Bedford Borough Community Safety Partnership in their aim to curb the anti-social behaviour and crime blighting the lives of local residents.

bpha has granted £18,000 to the safety partnership, money that will be used to purchase two state-of-the-art mobile CCTV cameras. The cameras will be deployed across the town with the aim of gathering high quality images that can be used as evidence in cases of nuisance and criminal behaviour.

Helena Pountney, bpha Regional Manager, said: “Working with our partners to ensure our neighbourhoods are as safe as possible is something we take very seriously. This is a significant investment, but one we are convinced will help keep our communities safer.”

The cameras will be used to gather evidence in priority areas. These areas will be identified based on the numbers of incidents reported by concerned residents.

Colleen Atkins, Bedford Borough Councillor and Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Regulatory Services, said: “The investment made by bpha is one that will really benefit the community. Keeping our residents safe is vital and the two new cameras will play a huge part in gathering evidence to help bring perpetrators to justice.

“The Bedford Borough Community Safety Partnership only works because organisations work well together and this is a great example of partnership working at its best.”

As well as effective CCTV systems it is also important that residents report crime and activities of anti-social behaviour as these reports help decide where to best locate mobile CCTV cameras.

Jim Playle, bpha Community Development Officer, said:  “CCTV is a great resource, but having people report these activities when they happen is just as important and will help us direct the use of the cameras far more effectively.

“Calling the Police on 101 for non-emergency incidents, reporting through the ‘Report Online’ facility on the Bedfordshire Police website or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, is vital in helping us tackle these issues.”

If you would like to take a more active role in crime prevention you can either join or start a Neighbourhood Watch Group. For more information please call 01234 842861 or email bedfordnhwatch@gmail.com.

Bedford Borough Community Partnership