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

Shoplifting in the town centre

Priority closed

  • This priority is now closed as a result of the actions below.
  • If you have any questions or issues concerning this priority, you can contact the beat team using the contact form on the beat page.

There has been an increase in the amount of shoplifting that has been reported within the town centre.


  • Thursday 9th April, 2020

    The number of reports has again reduced and many businesses have been requested to report all incidents of theft from their stores. This issue will never fully be resolved and has times where it will be more prevalent, due to varying factors.

    The team are committed to continuing to work with all businesses to reduce crime. This priority will now be closed

  • Thursday 26th March, 2020

    The number of shoplifting reports has reduced, however, during this pandemic we will continue to patrol as normal, whilst adhering to social distancing guidance.

    Criminal offences should still be reported, via 999, in cases of emergency; 101 or online by filling in our  Report shoplifting form.

  • Monday 16th March, 2020

    In the past couple of weeks, there has been a definite decrease in Thefts from the local shops within the Town centre.

    This has been down to the strong positive relationships the Beat Team have with the local businesses which have made such a positive impact.

    Some businesses are still being affected by Thefts, and primarily we would advise those businesses to report incidents that are affecting the business at the earliest opportunity.

    The Beat Team will continue to work closely with all retailors and security staff within the Town centre as an ongoing commitment.

  • Friday 6th March, 2020

    The local beat team are continuing to increase their patrols within the town centre due to the number of reported thefts from retailers.

    This weekend the beat team will be concentrating their efforts n the evening and night time where both retailers and shoppers will see a strong police presence in the town.

    The beat team are still encouraging businesses to report thefts as and when they occur so that positive action can be taken.

  • Tuesday 25th February, 2020

    Frome Beat Team is regularly attending retail outlets within Frome Town centre to help support the retailers in combating the issues of theft-related offences.

    While this tactic is proving to be beneficial the Beat Team are still receiving reports of thefts, and we would strongly encourage retailers to report any issues they may be having at the earliest opportunity.

    The Beat Team are visible in the Town centre and are always happy to speak to the public/retailers at any given time.

    People can also attend Frome Library if they want to report matters or why not attend one of our town beat surgeries if you want to talk to the Team.

  • Saturday 8th February, 2020

    The Neighbourhood team has done high visibility patrol in the town centre to support local businesses.

    We are encouraging all local businesses to report any shoplifting to the police.

  • Thursday 30th January, 2020

    We are working with local business to help with banning letters to be issued following an increase in shoplifting offences within the town centre.

    We are encouraging all local businesses to report any shoplifting.

    This can be using the online form. You can also report by calling 101 or Police Front offices at Frome Library.

  • Monday 27th January, 2020

    The neighbourhood team are working in partnership with Frome Businesses Against Crime (FBAC) to offer support and visibility to the shops in town

  • Friday 10th January, 2020

    The neighbourhood team have been liaising with the shops in the town centre offering crime prevention advice and high visibility patrols

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