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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.


  • 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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