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Denying criminals use of the road

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Denying criminals use of the road
On Wednesday 4 September we hosted our community priority setting meeting for the Brickhill, De Parys and Harpur areas of Bedford.
In case you aren’t aware, we hold these meetings every three months to decide what the residents would like us on the local community team to focus on, with Harpur having its own priority and Brickhill and De Parys sharing one.
At these meetings we provide recent crime statistics (if you are interested you can find them on and then we talk about what the team has been doing in these areas.
We then decide what our focus should be for the wards, for the coming three months, while of course, still managing many other things throughout Bedford.
Previously for Brickhill and De Parys, it was decided that drugs should be the focus, as so many residents felt strongly that it was a problem. In the last period we also were aware of a rise in the perception of burglary. This was raised, as a large number of residents felt that burglary was a huge problem in the area and rumours would often fuel fear in the community, where it was perhaps unwarranted.
Now moving into this next period, I put forward an idea of “Denying criminals use of the road” with the aim being to tackle the use of vehicles by people engaging in criminal activity, and also unlawful activity, such as not being insured or using vehicles in a manner which is anti-social or dangerous.
When I say vehicles being used for criminal activity, I am referring to burglars using vehicles to mobilise, people who are dealing drugs from their vehicles, and anything else where vehicles are being utilised to facilitate crime. Vehicles that are involved in criminality are more likely to be uninsured, unlicensed and driven in a dangerous manner. 
We have many tools for identifying these people on the roads and it is about investing real time into finding them. My reasoning as to why the community might feel this is the right priority for them is that it can impact different types of crime. Where there are differing schools of thought about whether drugs or burglary, or anything else, is the biggest problem, we can hopefully now impact more than one area.
As residents of the wards, your participation is invaluable.  As ever, we need you to report what you know about what is going on in your area.  If you believe there is drug dealing going on where you live, or suspicious vehicles attending at different times, we need you to tell us so that we can focus our efforts.
There are lots of different ways to make reports to the police; 101 for non-emergency, our online reporting tool, our webchat service and of course in cases of emergency, or if a crime is in progress, call 999.
If you don’t have a crime to report, but want to give us some information about suspicious activity or something similar, you can also contact me directly. I am the officer for Brickhill and De Parys and my email is and there is also a PCSO for the area who works closely with me
We are based out of Lime Street Police station in Bedford, although I am often out and about in the area. If you do see me, please come and let me know about any issues in the area that you think I should be aware of. Yours may be the final piece of information that I need to make a really positive effect on that problem.
We are looking to hold the next priority meeting on 6th December and we’ll let you know where it is via Beds Alert, Twitter and Facebook and provide the information to your councillors as soon as we have it. We look forward to seeing you.
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