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Coronavirus (COVID-19): the policing response and what you need to know

Frome Rural PACT priority – Rural theft

After the current Frome Rural PACT meeting, it was decided that rural theft would become a PACT priority.

Examples of rural theft:

  • non-dwelling burglaries
  • theft of farm implements
  • theft of livestock.

Our aim is to educate our rural communities/stakeholders about reporting of crime and preventative measures they can implement to reduce the chance of becoming a victim of crime.

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  • Thursday 10th September, 2020

    We are in the process of visiting farms and offering crime prevention advice especially with regard to theft of vehicles and machinery.

    Take steps to protect your vehicle:

    • Where possible park in well-lit areas, which are overlooked.
    • Do not leave keys in the ignition or anywhere else where a thief will easily find them.
    • Fit a mechanical immobiliser such as a Thatcham approved steering lock, pedal lock or wheel clamp.
    • Fit an alarm for added security and consider installing a tracking device.
    • Thieves will target component parts, so mark them using a forensic marking solution or permanent marker.
    • Etch windows with the registration number.
    • Consider fitting hidden battery isolation or fuel cut-off switch.
    • Take photographs of unusual features, modifications, damage and repairs which may aid identification if stolen.
    • If possible, keep in a secure garage or block in with other vehicles or heavy plant.
    • Ensure any valuables are removed from the vehicle including satnavs and cradles.

    If you have any information relating to theft, please contact Avon and Somerset Police on 101.

  • Sunday 23rd August, 2020

    This month PCSOs and PCs have received new crime prevention training on Select DNA. Select DNA is a new system which consists of an invisible paint which can be seen under UV light. Each Select DNA paint is also marked with unique DNA code which can be viewed under a microscope.

    We will be rolling this out to repeat victims of rural theft. Signage is also given to warn thieves that Select DNA is used and deter their efforts. We also hope it will increase the chance of police being able to return seized property back to its owner.

     

     

  • Sunday 26th July, 2020

    The rural Beat Team have been currently been attending Burglary victims giving them crime prevention advice and also providing them with UV marker pens to security mark their valuables, the Beat Team have also recently received training in the use of DNA marking which helps identify stolen property, the team will be rolling this initiative as soon as possible. This will be utilised for repeat victims of high value theft.

    Avon and Somerset Constabulary are working with Hampshire Police in the return of a stolen vehicle which was taken from a rural address in Frome, we are pleased to say that the owner will be in back in possession of their stolen vehicle.

     

     

  • Thursday 2nd July, 2020

    Over the last month reports state there have been a number of incidents relating to Rural Theft which has ranged from Theft of push bike to Theft of Oil and machinery as well as an isolated Theft of gates.

    • The Rural Beat Team are working with the communities to offer crime prevention advice and also to conduct targeted patrols to give local residence some reassurance.
    • We would strongly encourage everybody to secure and mark their property where possible, for our farming community we recommend fitting trackers to high value machinery as standard practice.
    • For those persons visiting isolated areas by car please make sure that there are no valuables on show in your vehicle.
  • Saturday 30th May, 2020

    Over the last period, reports suggest there have been a reduction in rural theft. This can be attributed to members of our community being vigilant and taking crime prevention measures disrupting criminal activity.

     

  • Thursday 7th May, 2020

    Recently we have noticed an increase in rural theft, especially plant. We believe the thieves are taking advantage of COVID lockdown restrictions with less potential witnesses around.

    Be extra vigilant, ensure machinery is secured and marked. If you see anything suspicious, let us know. Stay safe.

  • Wednesday 15th April, 2020

    We are aware that due to the COVID-19 pandemic many people will not be visiting their workshops, Lockups or business premises as frequently. We have been increasing visibility patrols around our rural lock-ups to deter attempts of thefts. Patrols have been carried out both during the day and after dusk.

    If you have recently been a victim of rural theft please report it to the Police by calling 101.

  • Tuesday 17th March, 2020

    Within the past week, the Frome Rural beat team have recovered a stolen trailer.

    We are in the process of tracking its owner and hoping for a positive outcome.

    We would like to take this opportunity to remind our rural communities the advantage of marking their property in a distinctive way and taking note of any serial numbers.

    Both of these help in returning the property to their rightful owner when recovered.

    If you would like more information on how you can mark your property, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with your local beat team.

     

     

  • Thursday 27th February, 2020

    We have received intelligence of vehicles potentially used in rural theft.

    These have been disseminated to the broader police teams operating locally to stop and check these vehicles.

    This will disrupt criminal activity in our community, and decisive action will be taken where appropriate.

  • Wednesday 29th January, 2020

    In the coming months, your Neighbourhood Policing Team will be carrying out events/surgeries where we will be on hand to pass on crime prevention advice to our rural stakeholders/communities.

    If you require to sign up to our successful rural watch schemes (Farm Watch, Horse Watch) please contact us via our main beat page.

  • Tuesday 21st January, 2020

    It was decided by our rural communities that attended the PACT meeting last night (20th January 2020) that this should remain as one of our priorities.

    Please continue to check our progression and updates reference this issue via this page and our social media platforms.

  • Tuesday 14th January, 2020

    The Neighbourhood Policing Team continue to hold beat surgeries and events to promote the prevention of rural crime.

    If you require crime prevention advice or would like to join one of our rural watch schemes, please contact us via this page or come along to one of our planned surgeries/events.

  • Sunday 29th December, 2019

    The neighbourhood team carried out a rural crime prevention event at Mole Valley farmers just before Christmas.

    This was positive engagement with many from our rural communities where preventative advice was given and numerous new members signed up to our rural watch schemes.

    Please keep an eye out for future events via this page and our social media platforms.

  • Sunday 15th December, 2019

    The Neighbourhood Policing Team attended Frome livestock market this week, promoting rural crime prevention with our rural stakeholders.

    There are further crime prevention events planned at various locations, please see the forthcoming events on this site for details.

  • Saturday 30th November, 2019

    In recent days there have been reports of theft or attempted theft of Land Rovers in the Mendip area.

    Land Rovers, regardless of age, are one of the UK’s most regularly stolen vehicles, particularly the Defender. Many are stolen for parts, others are stolen to order and rapidly exported.

    Take steps to protect your vehicle:

    • Where possible park in well-lit areas, which are overlooked.
    • Do not leave keys in the ignition or anywhere else where a thief will easily find them.
    • Fit a mechanical immobiliser such as a Thatcham approved steering lock, pedal lock or wheel clamp.
    • Fit an alarm for added security and consider installing a tracking device.
    • Thieves will target component parts, so mark them using a forensic marking solution or permanent marker.
    • Etch windows with the registration number.
    • Consider fitting hidden battery isolation or fuel cut-off switch.
    • Take photographs of unusual features, modifications, damage and repairs which may aid identification if stolen.
    • If possible, keep in a secure garage or block in with other vehicles or heavy plant.
    • Ensure any valuables are removed from the vehicle including satnavs and cradles.

    If you have any information relating to Land Rover thefts, please contact Avon and Somerset Police on 101.

  • Sunday 17th November, 2019

    The Neighbourhood Policing Team have made visits to victims and give crime prevention advice, delivering the force’s new burglary prevention pack.

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