Bedfordshire Police is inviting young people to submit entries to their Stay Safe competition for a chance to win a cash prize and showcase the dangers of committing street crime.

School children in the area aged between 11 and 18 are being asked to create create a three minute performance video in which they sing, dance or act on the topic of street crime.

Finalists will see their videos posted on Bedfordshire Police's website where the public will be invited to vote for their favourite in each of the three categories. Winners will receive a cash prize, which will be presented at a 'showcase' at the force's headquarters in December.

The force's Children and Young People Development Officer & Schools Co-ordinator, Richard Denton said: "Reducing robbery is a priority for the force but many people don't realise what constitutes an offence. We hope that portraying this message through song, dance or drama will bring home the reality of crime and make young people think twice about their actions.

"We really hope schools and clubs will see this competition as a fun and inspiring way to teach young people about consequences around this often violent and intimidating offence while harnessing their creative talents."

The competition will be supported by the charity Crimestoppers through their recently launched website, which allows young people to give information about crime 100% anonymously.
Entries must be received no later than 26 October 2012 - the winner from each category will receive £100 worth of high street vouchers.

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