Support for Crime Victims in Bedfordshire
Support for Crime Victims in Bedfordshire
Support for Crime Victims in Bedfordshire
Support for Crime Victims in Bedfordshire
  Call Services for Bedfordshire on 0800 0282 887
Burglary, Theft and Robbery

Burglary and theft are two of the most common types of crime. A burglary is defined as when someone breaks into a building/property with the intention of stealing or committing unlawful damage. Theft does not have to involve breaking into a property but it too is a criminal act; in which property belonging to another is taken without that person's consent.
The impact of burglaries and theft varies from person to person and is not just limited to financial loss. Sometimes, nothing has been stolen but the thought of a stranger having been in their home is extremely distressing and this can significantly impact a person’s sense of security, safety and emotional well-being. Robbery is the taking of money or goods in the possession of another, by force or intimidation.
 
If your home has been burgled, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce the impact;

  1. Obtain a crime reference number from the police to make any claim on your home insurance.

  2. If you live in rented housing, inform the council or your landlord as soon as possible about any repairs you need.

  3. Inform relevant departments if important documents such as bank cards, driving license or passports have been stolen so as to avoid they can try to prevent any fraudulent activity or further theft.

  4. Adopt low cost ways of securing your home for the future, such as leaving a light or the radio on when the property is vacant.

 
How we can help…

The Signpost Hub is made up of skilled Victim Care Coordinators who provide a range of practical and emotional support. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Providing advice and information about home security

  • Provide low cost preventative devices – dependent on individual circumstances

  • Put you in touch with specialist organisations to assess and improve your home security

  • Assistance in dealing with other agencies such as the Police or Housing departments

  • Emotional support to help cope with the effects of burglary/theft

 

Have a look at our Staying Safe page for more tips on protecting yourself and your property.

You can contact us by calling our Freephone number on 0800 0282 887 or emailing us at info@signpostforbedfordshire.com . The crime does not have to be reported to Police nor is there a time limit on how long ago the crime occurred to access the Signpost Hub services.

 

Local Listings
Change Ur Life 1. Change Ur Life
Change Ur Life
Established in 2020, Change Ur Life strongly believes that everyone deserves to live a life filled with happiness, contentment and security. Our team have personally worked in this field for several years, supporting a large number of victims and as a result, have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience. It is for this reason that we have set up services that support victims of domestic abuse in their own homes and the community, with our vision of expanding services to victims of all crimes. We support everyone over the age of 17 years old, no matter what their gender, race or beliefs are, as we strongly believe that no individual should be subject to suffering in silence, so offer a friendly and non-judgemental approach with the mission to make a difference.
Paws Protect 2. Paws Protect
Paws Protect
Domestic violence and pets can make for an unsafe situation, which is why we offer our Paws Protect cat fostering service. Through a network of cat fosterers, the service provides a retreat for pets of those going into a refuge until the owner has a safe place to live and they can be reunited.

All information between the cat owner and foster carer is kept confidential. Our fosterers do not know the identity or whereabouts of the cat owner and vice versa, ensuring complete anonymity.

While it is not possible for the owner to visit their cat while it is being fostered, the Paws Protect team visit the fosterer on a regular basis and provide monthly updates to the owner to give them peace of mind.

Paws Protect covers all the costs of fostering for domestic violence – including cat food, feeding bowls, beds, vaccinations etc so owners know their pet is receiving the best care.
Supporting Victims of Crime
National Listings
Barnardo's Barnardo's
Barnardo's
Welcome to Boloh, Barnardo’s COVID-19 helpline and webchat for those 11+

Call us on 0800 1512605 or chat to us online

Are you a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic child, young person, parent or carer, affected by Covid-19? You can speak to us about your worries, problems and stresses during this time, and we can provide emotional support, practical advice and signposting to other organisations who can provide further help. 

If you’re a professional, you can also contact us to discuss how to support a child or young person they are working with.
Crimestoppers Crimestoppers
Crimestoppers
Crimestoppers is an independent charity helping police locate criminals and solve crimes through anonymous reporting. The site also provides crime prevention advice for a number of crimes.
Immobilise Immobilise
Immobilise
Immobilise is a free service which allows the public or business to register their possessions or company assets. The online checking service is used regularly by UK police to trace an owner’s lost and stolen property. The site helps to reduce crime and return property, once recovered, to its rightful owner.
Secured by Design Secured by Design
Secured by Design
Secured by Design is an official police initiative which focusses on design and security for new and refurbished homes, commercial premises and car parks, as well as identifying quality security products and crime prevention projects. The site provides helpful crime prevention tips on how you can protect your home or business against crime. 
Stonewall Housing Stonewall Housing
Stonewall Housing
We give advice about different housing related issues to hundreds of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people every year. We understand what you, or your friends, might be experiencing. So if you need advice, contact us. You can phone us, or you can come along to one of our drop-in surgeries. Some of the housing issues we’ve helped LGBT+ people with include:

if you’re homeless or at risk of becoming homeless;
if your relationship with your family has broken down because of your sexual orientation or gender identity;
if you’ve been victimised or harassed;
if you need to escape from domestic abuse;
if you need advice about a dispute with your landlord;
if you need advice with your housing benefits.
The Coroners' Courts Support Service (CCSS) The Coroners' Courts Support Service (CCSS)
The Coroners' Courts Support Service (CCSS)
The Coroners’ Courts Support Service (CCSS) is
an independent charity founded in 2003. Trained
volunteers offer free, confidential, emotional support
and practical help to bereaved families, witnesses and
others attending an Inquest at some of the Coroners’
Courts in England. We can signpost people to other
appropriate organisations and prior to the Inquest
we can give you support and information via our
Telephone Helpline.
There are no national support services for this in our directory

If you are unsure whether you have been a victim of crime, please talk to one of our advisors on 0800 0282 887