Sgt John Killick Image Bedfordshire Police

I’m Sergeant John Killick and I work with PC Craig Bond and PCSO Chloe Dymock in the local community team for Stewartby and Kempston Hardwick, amongst other areas.

We are holding a community priority setting meeting on Thursday 30 September from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Stewartby Village Hall and it would be great to see you there helping us decide on what we need our priority to be for the next three months.

We know there were a few people who aren’t able to make the meeting, but you can still share your opinions or concerns with us by filling in our survey.

The last community priority was vehicle crime and we have been providing advice on vehicle security, as well as carrying out dedicated patrols in particular areas.

We are pleased to say that reports of late have been low and we have seen a decrease in vehicle crime, but we want to encourage you to continue to ensure that your vehicle is left locked and secure and all belongings are removed when unattended.

We need our communities to be our eyes and ears and help us to tackle this type of criminality so if you notice any suspicious activity or concerning behaviour, please report this to us either via our website or by calling us on 101.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please remember that if you have any issues in your area you can always let us know by reporting them online. It is a quick and easy way to submit any concerns. If you prefer talking to someone, you can use our 101 live web chat service, which will put you in touch with someone directly in our contact centre.

This way we can keep our phone lines open for urgent calls and build up a report to help fight crime in your area. All of your reports create part of the intelligence to inform our patrols and really do help us to tackle local problem areas.

You can also sign up to Beds Alert, which is an email messaging system powered by Neighbourhood Alert, which allows you to get the most up-to-date communications from us, including news, appeals and advice.

The Have Your Say survey is also another way in which you can help us determine the priorities for your area and provide us with a better understanding of the issues that are effecting you.

Don’t forget you can follow the rural community policing team on Facebook and Twitter and keep up to date with the work our officers are doing in your villages.

Thank you for your support in helping us keep our communities safe.

Sergeant John Killick

Bedfordshire Police