Chief Constable visits homes in Linslade

Chief Constable Colette Paul with PCC Olly Martins
Chief Constable Colette Paul with PCC Olly Martins

Bedfordshire Police came to Leighton Linslade last Thursday afternoon as part of Operation Vision. The Chief Constable Collette Paul and crime commissioner Olly Martins joined Sgt Andy Rivers and his team of PCSOs and Special Constables to visit 1,800 homes around Linslade.

Mayor of Leighton-Linslade Amanda Dodwell and deputy mayor Ray Berry joined the officers for part of the afternoon.

The high-profile initiative targeted areas that have recently experienced high rates of domestic burglary, andsought to advice residents on the measures they can take to improve the security of their homes and gardens.

Councillor Dodwell said: “It was good to see the police responding to the recent spate of burglaries that we have seen in the town, particularly at the start of the year. I am grateful to the Chief Constable and PCC for taking time out of their busy schedules to come to Leighton Linslade and talk to residents.

“It was fascinating listening to the officers and the advice they were giving.”

Councillor Berry added: “The police were also keen to emphasise the important of communities working together to reduce crime. Schemes including Neighbourhood Watch and Street Watch make a big difference and we would urge residents of Leighton Linslade to get together with their neighbours and find out more about how communities can be proactive in helping to reduce crime.”

During the winter months there was a significant increase in burglaries from homes and gardens in Leighton Linslade, peaking at 44 burglaries in January. However, figures for February and March have shown a noticeable drop in offences.

Councillor Dodwell added: “Whilst I feel that there are still some outstanding issues in the town – not least the unresolved question as to the future of the police station – I am pleased that the considerable efforts of Sgt Rivers and his eight PCSOs is paying off. The public very much appreciate the visible presence of these officers in the town.”