The Beds Police Ringmaster service has been running since December 2002.

It is a computerised messaging system, sending members information about criminal activity in a local area. The system encourages two-way communication between the Police and its members. Ringmaster members are invited to pass on the information in messages to their family and friends in the wider community.

The service is free and members will receive messages via email.Each message will include the details of the crime and any practical advice we can offer to reduce further crime in the area.

As a member of Ringmaster you may be in a Neighbourhood Watch group, run a local pub or business or work in a school. You may just be an interested member of the community. Ringmaster will send you messages about crimes and issues that affect your community or area of business.

Any information you may have about the event can be used to increase detections and reduce further crime in your area. To join Ringmaster, click here.

Example of How Ringmaster works

“This is a Ringmaster Message from Neighbourhood Watch and Bedfordshire Police.

Please pass the details of this message onto any friends and neighbours in the area.

A Burglary took place in June Avenue in Bedford, between Saturday the 2nd, and Wednesday the 6th of February.

A ground floor window at the rear of the property was smashed and the offender entered the home.

A number of items were taken including electronic goods and a safe.

Many Burglaries can be prevented.

Keep doors and windows locked at all times.

Remove all keys from the locks and keep them in a safe place and out of view

Be a good Neighbour.

If you have any information about this crime, please call the Police Control Centre on (01234) 841212 for North and Mid Beds, or (01582) 401212 for South Beds and quote crime reference J/0000/2008.

Or call crime stoppers in confidence on (0800) 555111.

Thank you for your support.”