Welcome to the Bedfordshire Street Watch website
What is Street Watch?
Street Watch is about local residents promoting good citizenship and supporting a better neighbourhood by patrolling their own streets. They provide visible reassurance and appropriately engage, in local issues that matter most to your community.
The presence and activities of Street Watch members will have a significant and positive impact on quality of life issues within your community. Street Watch members liaise with local police to encourage positive information sharing and partnership working.
Street Watch is a way of reclaiming back our streets and open spaces from those who may wish to engage in activities that undermine our communities.
What does Street Watch do?
Our Street Watch is part of a national network of Street Watch Organisations designed with carefully researched terms of reference and structures, agreed by community groups and supported by the Police and the Home Office. The purpose of Street Watch is:
To prevent crime by increasing visibility and maintaining a caring and cohesive community.
To assist the police by promoting effective communication and the prompt reporting of activity.
To increase feelings of safety by promoting a sense of security and community spirit.
By being proactive, Street Watch has been supporting vulnerable members of the community and vulnerable areas, making sure that people take pride in their communities.
If you are interested in more detail about the Bedfordshire Street Watch, please click on the index icons at the top of this page or click [ HERE ] to display a Street Watch application form (PDF).
Volunteers are asked to commit 2 hours every month to patrol, at timings of their choosing.
In Bedfordshire, the first Street Watch scheme to be set up was in Marston Moretaine in May 2010 where it continues to thrive. There are ten other schemes operating in the county, all in Central Bedfordshire: Ampthill, Barton-Le-Clay, Biggleswade, Caddington, Clifton, Dunstable, Harlington, Houghton Regis, Maulden and Shefford.
Advice has been given to several police forces about setting up a Street Watch scheme.
John Plummer, Bedfordshire Street Watch Coordinator