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Ongoing Advice to prevent vehicle crime, particularly from commercial vehicles.

Bedfordshire Police continue to urge residents to ensure that they lock up their vehicles following a spate of thefts where vans have been targeted. Over the past two years, thieves have broken into vans to steal items such as power tools, satellite navigation systems, parts and loose change while the vehicles have also been damaged through windows being smashed or doors being forced open.

Locking your vehicles, setting the alarm, leaving it in a well-lit area or using your garage will all help to reduce the chances of you becoming a victim of vehicle crime. Replacing lost mobile phones, bank cards and keys is a real nuisance and can be simply avoided by either taking your things with you when you leave your vehicle or if possible leave them at home.

Some simple measures that can be taken to reduce vehicle crime include:

If you have information relating to vehicle crime, contact Bedfordshire Police, in confidence, on the non-emergency 101 number, or text information to 07786 200011.

News from the Bedfordshire Police

19 December 2014

New Team Will Target Crooks’ Finances

A new Regional Economic Crime Unit (RECU) will help recover criminal funds and property across five forces. Covering Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, the RECU is the latest unit to be collaborated under the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU). It replaces individual force economic crime units and will carry out all asset recovery and cash seizures across the five forces. The Fraud and Financial Investigation officers will also carry out serious and complex money laundering, fraud and financial investigations.

The unit launched on October 1 and is based in Stevenage and Newmarket.

Detective Inspector Steve Keating said: “The RECU will provide specialist financial investigators to help tackle serious organised crime across the region. While many of the forces had effective teams to deal with this type of crime, having a dedicated unit will mean we have the capability to give investigations far greater support across the region. Seizing the proceeds of crime from criminals takes away the benefits of criminality. Our message is clear, crime does not pay and we will relentlessly target those involved in criminality to seize their funds and assets.”

19 December 2014

Technology Roll-Out Backs Crime Fight

Another 255 police officers in Bedfordshire are to be equipped with technology which will help them be even more effective in the communities they serve. Officers in Local and Community Policing Teams in Luton will start to be issued with Windows tablets, meaning they will not have to return to the police station to complete tasks such as writing victim and witness statements. They will also be able to use them to make Police National Computer (PNC) checks, email, instant message, telephone and video calls or join meetings from any location with network connectivity.

The Lenovo ThinkPad 10 tablets were made possible thanks to funding from the Home Office Innovation Fund and follow a similar project in the north of the county where the roll out of 224 devices is nearly complete. In addition 50 police vehicles are being fitted with wireless routers.

The initiative follows the introduction of body-worn video cameras and is the latest example of the force embracing technology to become a high performing, efficiently run police service working together to protect the public and fight crime.

Chair of the force Mobile Working Group, Supt Jim Lunn, said: “One of the great benefits of these devices is that they enable officers to spend more time in our communities dealing with those issues that matter most to the public.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins added: “New technology such as these tablets and body worn video are helping Bedfordshire Police to make the best use of its officers and staff time, maximising the resource used to protect people and fight crime. This equipment means our hard-working officers will also be more visible and more accessible on our streets. This is good for the public, good for the police and bad news for criminals.”

16 December 2014

Bedfordshire Police Urges Public To “[Ctrl] + [Rpt] + [Del] Cybercrime”

People are being urged to help police ‘control, report and delete’ cybercrime.  Bedfordshire Police is launching a range of advice to help people keep safe while on the internet and assist in catching online crooks.

The [Ctrl] +[Rpt] +[Del] campaign aims to educate people on how to avoid falling victim to internet criminals.

Detective Superintendent Jon Gilbert, leading the force’s cybercrime team, said: “Over the next month we will be highlighting through our website and our social media channels different forms of online crime and ways to prevent it. We have called our campaign [Ctrl] +[Rpt] +[Del] because we want people to take control of the information and images they put online to protect themselves from scams, phishing and harassment; report any cybercrime they are aware of and delete the opportunities for criminals to use the internet for crime.

Cybercrime is one of the fastest growing criminal activities across the world involving more than just the online fraud and cyber bullying that is often in the news. We have set up a range of useful webpages to help people protect themselves and fight back against cybercrime. For example if you are shopping online always use either your credit card, which offers you protection in case of fraud, or a recognised online payment service such as PayPal. Avoid paying by money transfers or direct banking transactions which can be unsecure. Never send confidential personal or financial information by email.

Cybercrime is very under-reported, with victims often feeling embarrassed because they have been scammed online or not knowing who to report the crime to. We want to raise awareness of the ways that victims can report these to the various agencies. If you are a victim of cybercrime, you should report it quickly as the authorities could help support you. We also need people who think they have been affected by c ybercrime to come forward and let us know what has happened. By publicising how these scams work we can warn other people and make sure no one else falls victim to the same scam twice.”

Visit www.bit.ly/1tjanLj to find out more about how you protect yourself and report cybercrime.

If you want to report a cybercrime or if you suspect someone of illegal online activity please call, in confidence, Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.