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Shutting the gate on rural crime

Welcome to the Rural Crime Page. This page features information, links and signposting to crime prevention advice.

You can also find contact details for the Rural Crime Team and leaflets that you can download and print. We hope you find it useful.

Introducing your Rural Crime Team

The team was created to help protect and support the farming and rural communities across Avon and Somerset.

They provide specialist support and training to officers and neighbourhood teams across the force to help in dealing with local rural issues, crime and to improve our service delivery to our rural communities.

The team is headed up by Superintendent Mike Prior and Inspector Jo Ross and also currently includes Sgt Zane Manu, PC Katy Drabble, PCSO Yvonne Mears and John Hitchings, Crime Reduction Advisor.

Other members of the Constabulary are also involved, particularly within specialist areas including equine crime and Horse Watch.

If you want to contact the team you can email them at or call them via the 101 number.

You can also follow the team on Twitter at @ASPoliceRuralCrime

We also have a HorseWatch Facebook Page.

Picture of PCSO taking details of farm equipment

Key issues and crime prevention

The team can help with specific rural crime prevention advice, including security equipment, Farm, Horse and Neighbourhood Watch and other help and support for both domestic and commercial properties and businesses in our rural communities. Please either download the advice leaflets below, or contact the team by emailing them at

Visit the Horse Watch page

Visit the Farm Watch page

Visit the Neighbourhood Watch page

Read about Community Alerts

Picture of PCSO speaking to farm owner with Farm Watch sign
Picture of PCSO speaking to farm owner with Farm Watch sign

Documents and downloads

  • pdf icon Protecting your agricultural vehicles
  • pdf icon Businesses- Keeping metal safe
  • pdf icon Churches-Keeping metal safe
  • pdf icon Protecting your rural business, advice for farms & rural businesses
  • pdf icon Protecting your rural home, advice for rural communities
  • pdf icon Protecting your Landrover
  • pdf icon Crime prevention advice for rural communities