Crime Prevention

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Business Watch


An important step in preventing crime or disorder problems that affect your business is to become informed about the kinds, frequencies, and locations of events that occur. As businesses are busy it remains difficult to meet face to face. Business Watch has taken on a new face and become more electronically based using email as it's primary form of communication. The Bedford Police Department has created the Business Watch Email Alert database to inform you of noteworthy events occurring withing the town, such as:
  • Lookouts for suspicious persons, vehicles, or activities.
  • Patterns of activity, as in burglary or larceny incidents
  • Reports of counterfeit bills circulating in Bedford Town
Sign up your company for Business Watch by by emailing us.

National Night Out


Bedford Citizens and Bedford Police - Working Together to Prevent Crime. It's a wonderful opportunity to celebrate safety and crime prevention success in our community - and to send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are ready to take back the streets! National Night Out is held once per year in the Farmer's Market. In 2010, Bedford Police Department won the "Rookie of the Year" award for our first National Night Out event. Stay tuned to learn more about National Night Out 2020

Community Awareness Program


The Neighborhood Awareness program has succeeded for many years, due to the willingness and commitment of residents and businesses to work together as a whole community to ensure that Bedford remains a strong, safe and enjoyable place to live and work. In the beginning, the focus was on creating awareness groups for each neighborhood. But we found out what effects one neighborhood affects us all. Which leads to the new name, Community Awareness. Meetings are held every second Thursday of each month, starting at 6:30 p.m. They are held at:
Town Municipal Building
215 E Main Street
3rd Floor
Bedford, VA 24523

Meetings are also held on the same days at
Joseph Dream at 11:00 a.m.

and at
Salem Court Apartments at 2:00 p.m.

View a list of upcoming meetings and the 2020 Community Awareness Flyer here.


​RAIDS Online

LexixNexis Community Crime Map is a tool the public can use to see what types of crimes are going on in their neighborhood, their friends and families neighborhoods or anywhere else they may need to keep abreast on. It can be used to check potential neighborhoods when looking to purchase land or a new home.
It is completely free and has a wealth of information, like "hotspots", trends and statistics on crime can be found on the website.

Click here and follow a few steps to see what's happening near you