Local policing priorities for Shepton Mallet Rural

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

Priority

Reports of antisocial behaviour have been made regarding youths gathering in the Millenium Garden, near the Drang Everceech. The youths are playing loud music and swearing. Any sightings can be reported to Police via the 101 non-emergency number. Police will be conducting out extra patrols in this area.

Priority

Following recent thefts from vehicles we strongly advice any belongings are:
1, Removed from the vehicle or hidden out of sight.
2. Make sure the vehicle is locked and the ignition key removed – Try and get into a routine when leaving your vehicle.
3. Close the sunroof and windows.
4. DO NOT LEAVE car ownership information in the vehicle.
5. Remove phones and Sat Navs.

Priority

There has been reports of livestock being stolen in our area. Can we please ask the rural community to be vigilant to any movement of livestock especially during the hours of darkness. Call police via 999 should you see any suspicious activity. Can we also please remind people to keep their dogs on leads whilst walking through livestock due to a number of sheep being attacked and killed recently.
No matter how small or insignificant people may think information is, it may be a vital piece of a jigsaw that helps us fill in the gaps and either prevent a crime or bring offenders to justice.

Priority

There have been reports of badger and fox carcasses being dumped at various locations around the rural area, any information relating to activity of this nature please call 101 or report to the beat team. Please be vigilant when walking your dogs, as we have been made aware of poison being left near badger sets that would seriously harm your pets.

Priority

There are reports that vehicles are speeding along Prestleigh Road, Everceech. Could I remind people that we should all keep to the speed limit at all times. They are there for a reason and shouldn’t be exceeded. A Community Speed Watch Scheme operates in this area, which is a voluntary group given up a few hours of their time, to assist in reducing vehicle speeds. If anyone is interested in joining the CSW group and assisting them in slowing traffic along Prestleigh Road then please contact the group via the following email: wayneandlaura1@sky.com.
This week the CSW group counted over 250 vehicles along Prestleigh Road with 50 driving above the speed limit within an hour.
The Speed Enforcement Vehicle also attends on a regular basis.

Priority

We have been receiving calls regarding theft from motor vehicles in the Haddon Wood area. Please be aware of leaving valuables on display when leaving your vehicle unattended when at home or on days out. We have also received a number of calls relating to theft of tools and equipment from vans overnight. It is advisable to remove tools and equipment from your van each night or consider extra security for your vehicle such as extra padlocks. We will be increasing patrols in beauty spots and around towns and villages at all times of the day. Please be extra vigilant as the nights are drawing in and as always please report any thefts to 101, or 999 if in progress.

Priority

Information received from the community that there are speeding vehicles between the hours 0700 to 10:00
Afternoons 1600 to about 1900.

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