Op Vision - Black Tom Area. Bedford
Thankfully Storm Brian held off and we had a successful "Op Vision" event in the Black Tom area of Bedford on Saturday 21 October 2017.
While Bedfordshire Police toured the streets of Black Tom dropping off leaflets and speaking with residents, trustees Hazel Snowball and John Abington, with Colleen Atkins, Area Co-ordinator for Harpur Neighbourhood Watch spent four hours talking with local residents and users of Robinson Pool explaining the benefits of Neighbourhood Watch. We were kept busy and had a great response with many new members signing up to receive Neighbourhood Alert messages.
Particularly popular were the free 'Card Defender' sleeves we were giving away. This is a simple but effective device for keeping your contactless card secure from thieves and fraudsters. Incidents of criminals using hand-held card readers to 'skim' card details have become increasingly common in the UK, with these 'Digital Pickpockets' using the captured information to make purchases or commit identity theft. Simply keep you card tucked away inside the Card Defender and the RFID blocking material shields your sensitive information. Works with credit/debit cards, travel cards, student IDs etc.
Ben Horrell from the Council's Community Safety team and local councillors helped too. Even the MP for Bedford dropped by. We all signed the Zero Tolerance of Hate Crime Pledge.