Safer Streets Fund

Safer Streets is a project funded by the Home Office that has been awarded to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to be delivered in Bedford Borough.

Its focus is to reduce the risk of violence against women and girls to make Bedford a safer place for everyone that lives, works or visits the identified areas.

Safer Streets 2021-22

The project will be delivered in three keyways:

Improved CCTV and lighting 

Four areas have been identified through police data and public consultations: 

  • Tavistock Street 
  • Ford End Road 
  • Ampthill Road 
  • River Footpath between Prebend Bridge and Queens Park 

These physical changes will improve the safety of everyone that uses these spaces. 

Crime prevention and education 

We will be tackling behaviours like catcalling, groping or other unwanted contact, that make women and girls feel unsafe.

We will be raising awareness of the how the whole community can work together to reduce the risk of violence against women and girls. 

The Safer Streets team will also be out in the community promoting the personal safety initiatives that have been funded through the project.

To find out about events in the area, you can follow the team on twitter.

Creating a safe space to support the community

The project will look to set up a Safer Streets Hub in the Town Centre that can offer easy access to support services.

Key partners working on the project

CrimeStoppers – An independent charity that gives people the power to speak up and stop crime 100% anonymously.
Call: 0800 555 111

Hollie Guard – A personal Safety app that you can download onto your phone for free, allowing you to notify your chosen contact if you need support.

Bedfordshire Victim Care Services – Supporting those affected by crime in Bedfordshire.
Call: 0800 0282 887

Project Firefly – Bedfordshire Police are working to tackle the perpetrators of violence or abuse against women and girls.

Previous years

Visit the Office of the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner to see details of previous funding. 

If you have any questions, please email