Sgt John Killick Image Bedfordshire Police

I’m Sergeant John Killick and I work with PC Kerry Jones, PC Amanda Harvey, PCSO Chloe Dymock and PCSO James Dancer as the local community team for Kempston Hardwick and Stewartby, amongst other areas.

The current community priority that we are working on in these areas is vehicle crime and although we are pleased to say that reports of late have been low, we want to encourage you to ensure that your vehicle is left locked and secure and all belongings are removed when unattended.

As the weather is warming up and the school holidays are approaching, we have started to patrol around the lakes in Stewartby as we have received reports of people swimming in the open water. We are advising people not to swim in lakes as it is easy to get into difficulty in the water, even if you think you are a strong swimmer.

We were also made aware of a fire recently occurring at the brickworks site. Luckily no one was injured or harmed, but we are continuing to provide a policing presence in this area.

You may be aware that we have partnered with a series of different groups in Bedfordshire to launch a major new campaign – Bedfordshire Against Violence and Exploitation (BAVEX) to raise awareness around things like modern slavery, cuckooing and child sexual exploitation in the county.

We need our communities to be our eye 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 online reporting tool, or by calling us on 101. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

After more than a year of living under restrictions due to coronavirus, we still have a few more weeks to go and so we are asking people to please continue to follow government guidance as you could have coronavirus even if you have no symptoms.

There are a few things you can continue to do to keep yourself and others safe, including staying two metres from people you don’t live with, meet with friends and family outside where possible, wear a face covering, if you can, on public transport or in shops and supermarkets, and wash or sanitise your hands regularly.

For information about coronavirus please visit the government ‘s website.

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.

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

Sergeant John Killick