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Frome Rural PACT priority – Rural Theft

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.

The rural Beat team will also be visiting village location in the community contact vehicle so local residents can speak at first hand with officers about any issues or concerns they may have.


  • Saturday 9th January, 2021

    Even this early in the year we have already made several visits to farms, smallholdings and rural properties following thefts. Please ensure all crime is reported so that we can respond as early as possible.

    Its not all ways possible to get property back however positive reporting helps to reduce crime in the long run.

    Hopefully YOU will not be a repeat  victim.

    Please report rural theft on 101.

  • Sunday 29th November, 2020

    On the 23rd of November, Frome Police received a report from the public that there was a landrover in a local field which appeared abandoned. On enquiring, Police found the vehicle to be stolen. We were then able to organise the successful recovery of the stolen landrover. A community of landrover enthusiasts helped tow the 4 x 4 out of a mire. The owner, who had lost hope in seeing it again, was delighted to be reunited with the vehicle.

    We advise using trackers on quads and 4 x 4s to help relocate if stolen. If you witness any suspicious activity, please report to the Police on 101 or 999.

  • Sunday 15th November, 2020

    Due to the current Covid guidance, we are unable to run our planed tool marking event. We apologise for this inconvenience but once the risk of Covid 19 has subsided, we shall be reorganising this event. Please continue to check these pages for further updates.
    Once we have issued out enough property marking kits we will be performing stop checks on traders suspected of handling stolen goods. Police may seize any property with identifying markers.

  • Saturday 31st October, 2020

    A number of the SlectaDNA property marker packs have been handed out to farms who have been repeat victims of rural theft. More appointments have been booked in this week with victims to mark more property. In addition, we are looking to host a tool marking event in Frome in December for any trade workers. The Dates are to be confirmed so keep up to date on this website page and on .We hope to expand the number of items marked in our area to deter thieves.

  • Sunday 18th October, 2020

    Due to the recent increase in Police presence due to our counter-poaching operation, there has been a significant deterrent for thieves. Although rural theft is an issue on the beat recently, it has plateaued.

    As part of our property marking work, we will be making visits to the victims who reported rural theft to the police. During these visits we will give farmers a free SelectaDNA kit to mark up tools and equipment and register it to their farm. This will help Police return the stolen property to the owners.
    We will also, on the 28th of Oct, be having a tool marking beat surgery for trade workers; more details to follow.

    Please ensure no theft goes unreported. Any suspicious activity is seen or if a crime is in progress dial 999.

  • Wednesday 7th October, 2020

    Frome Police are supporting the rural community with a new Molecular-based tagging solution for crime deterrence – SelectaDNA.
    SelectaDNA is a long-lasting tagging solution which contains a unique molecular signature that helps you to protect and recover lost or stolen items.
    SelectaDNA is now deployed in our burglary hotspots,
    Thieves Beware!

  • Wednesday 8th 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.

    • We are working hard with community offering advice and conducting patrols around the beat.
    • We encourage everybody to secure and mark valuable items.
    • When leaving vehicles parked in isolated areas please remember to take valuables with you or keep them secure and out of sight.
  • 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 using the form on our main beat page.

  • Saturday 25th January, 2020

    On the 20th January, we held our quarterly PACT meeting at The Royal British Legion in Coleford. It was decided by the attendees that rural theft should be kept as a priority for the area.

  • Thursday 16th 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 website or come along to one of our planned surgeries/events.

  • Sunday 15th December, 2019

    In recent weeks we have seen an increase in thefts from rural commercial premises. This has resulted in the loss of cash registers and safes.

    Please be extra vigilant for any suspicious activity during dark hours.

    You can report any activity by calling 999 if it is currently ongoing or call 101 if not in progress. You can also report online. 

  • 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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