Op Vision - Bedford
Officers were out in Bedford on Thursday 6th September as part of Operation Vision focusing on car crime.
Teams of Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s) were stationed at ST Johns Retail Park, Ropewalk and Tesco superstore on Cardington Road.
Stolen number plates are used in crimes such as making off without payment of fuel from filling stations, where registration plates are routinely filmed by CCTV. To stop plates being stolen, officers can use a set of tamper-proof screws to fix the plate in place. This is a quick and simple job which takes a matter of minutes and is free of charge.
PCSO’s were also patrolling the local car parks and known vehicle crime hotspots checking vehicles for any significant items left in the car. This is aimed at reminding drivers not to leave valuables on display which could make their car a target for crime. If any vehicles were found displaying items, then the vehicle details would be taken and a letter sent to the owner outlining some simple tips to avoid vehicle crime.
At Bedfordshire Police our aim is "fighting crime, protecting the public."
We cover 477 square miles, serve a population of around 550,000 and employ in the region of 1,260 Police Officers, 950 police staff and 120 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).