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Safer Streets

The Safer Streets project is funded by the Home Office and aims to reduce crime and make the local area safer for you, your family and your neighbours.

If you have any questions, please email saferstreets@bedford.gov.uk .

The Safer Streets project in Bedford covers Midland Road and surrounding areas. The streets included are:

  • Alexandra Place
  • Alexandra Road
  • Ashburnham Road
  • Battison Street
  • Brereton Road
  • Church Street
  • Costin Street
  • Gibbons Road
  • Grafton Road
  • Maitland Street
  • Midland Road
  • Prebend Street
  • Priory Street
  • Rutland Road
  • Western Street

View a map of the streets covered here: Safer Streets Map 

The Bedford Borough Community Safety Partnership have developed a plan to reduce crime. The Midland Road area, Safer Streets Project will deliver that plan in three ways.

CCTV

Stage one is to upgrade the CCTV in the Midland Road area to Smart Cameras. The new cameras can see better, and will look for behaviour that might show criminal activity. The new system does not use facial recognition but looks at shape and movement in public spaces. It will protect your privacy in the home.

Home visits

We will be visiting every home shown on the map. We will offer an upgrade of your home security for free.

If you live in the area, look out for the home visit postcard coming through your door which will tell you when we are going to visit. Only let people into your home if they show official photo ID.

The equipment will be installed by experienced staff from Care and Repair Northamptonshire who have been installing home security measures for many years. Once each street is completed, permanent signs will be put up to show criminals that your street is covered by Smart CCTV cameras and SmartWater® forensic marking.

If English is not your first language, we will try to arrange a second home visit with help from someone who speaks your language. 

The visit to your home will be done in a COVID-19 secure way, with social distancing and appropriate face coverings and gloves worn.

Support your community

Stage three is to support the community. This work will continue after the home security work is completed. We aim to create a community hub space where partner agencies can work to support the community long-term. They will help to make the Midland Road area safer. We will also work with community champions and neighbourhood groups.

Local help and support

Report crime online at Bedfordshire Police. Non-emergency call 101. In an emergency, call 999.

For fire and home safety checks, visit Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue. In an emergency, call 999.

Bedford Borough Council Customer Services - call 01234 267422 or email customerservices@bedford.gov.uk

Visit our Anti-social behaviour page to report anti-social behaviour (Bedford Borough Council) 

Care and repair Northamptonshire is a Home Improvement Agency who support vulnerable people to feel safe, warm and secure in their homes - 01604 782250

Amicus Trust can offer support with accommodation, education, employment and mental health – 01234358478

Bedford & District Neighbourhood Watch Association - visit Our Watch or email office@bedfordnw.org.uk

Change Ur Life is a domestic abuse charity in Bedfordshire, offering a comprehensive outreach service to support victims over the age of 16 - call 07495 825 762

Visit Crimestoppers or call 0800 555 111 to report crime anonymously

FACES Bedford is a charity offering support to families who are under stress. Call 01234 270601

Path 2 Recovery (P2R) offer drug and alcohol advice, treatment and support to adults - 03333324019

Signpost Hub offer advice, help and support for victims of crime - call 0800 0282 887

The Salvation Army can offer practical support around homelessness, addiction, unemployment – 01234329200

Alexandra and Brereton Residents’ Association - contact Trevor Moisey on 01234 262505 or email t.moisey@ntlworld.com

Midland Road Area Residents’ Association (MARA) - email mara.bedford@gmail.com

Further information 

If you have any questions, please email saferstreets@bedford.gov.uk