Local policing priorities for Shepton Mallet Rural

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Consultation with the community has identified the following priorities in this neighbourhood.


We have recently had a number of Out Building Thefts within our Rural area. Patrols & investigations are on going.
How the public can help us ...

See how easy it is to see garden tools (like petrol strimmers, blowers, mowers etc) in your shed or garage. Ensure your shed/garage/outhouse is locked. If you lost your key to the shed and garage, how easy could you break in? If it’s easy for you, it will be easier for the burglar/thief. Are you insured for thefts without signs of forced entry? You may not be.

Consider increasing your shed/garage/outhouse security, maybe consider fitting a movement sensor alarm which texts and phones you when activated. You can mount one of these devices inside a shed, vehicle, container, cab or trailer. It may not prevent the crime, but may limit the loss.

Report vans and people which/who look out of place around farms and rural areas . Now that more people are reporting, we are able to put these details into the public arena and make life difficult for those people who are targeting our community. Remember that if you can let us have details of registration plates, we can use that information in our number plate readers around the county so we will be alerted when thieves move across the county boundary.

Report to us if you learn of cheap plant and garden machines being sold in the community, at markets or sales/car boot events. Handling stolen goods is an offence. Without handlers, there would be fewer thefts.


We are currently looking to recruit new Co-ordinators for Neighbourhood Watch schemes, in the following villages of Dean, Pilton, West Lydford, Ditcheat, Croscombe, Evercreech & Doulting. We will be delivering letters with contact details & brief information if you feel interested in becoming a coordinator for your area/street.


There are reports of vehicles speeding along Prestleigh Road on the approach to Kingfisher Road Everceech. We should all be driving within the speed limit, as they are there for a reason. A Community Speed Watch Group operates at this location, with the purpose of arranging speed reduction measures. The Speed Enforcement Unit also attend Prestleigh Road on a regular basis.


There are reports of vehicles exceeding the speed limit along the A371 Prestleigh. This is a residential area where all vehicles should drive with care and consideration. To assist in dealing with this problem a local Community Speed Watch group with committed volunteers give up a small amount of time to help deter speeding drivers in and around the village.

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