Local policing priorities for Lynton & Lynmouth

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

Priority

Rural non-dwelling burglaries

Rural areas of North Devon have been targetted by theives usually working overnight to enter barns, garages and sheds looking for power tools.

There is currently an ongoing series of such offences that the police are aware of.  Usually, there will be no reports for a period of days and then a number of crimes reported over one night in a particular area. Often these theives travel from other areas to commit crime like this.

Whilst it is difficult for the police to be in the right place to catch them in the act, targetted patrols led to the stop check and arrest of a  male in a vehicle in Bishops Nympton on 27/03/17 with what was believed to be stolen fuel.

The main chance police have for apprehending offenders is in response to calls from the public about suspicious behaviour at night.  Please do not be afraid to call 999 if you feel someone may in the area of your home looking to commit crime at night.  We would rather come and find it was something innocent than not come and for you discover a burglary in the morning.

Always try to get a registration number of vehicles used by the offenders.

Issued 31 March, 2017

Action taken

Update: 19 July 2017 - Summer 2017

Lynton, Lynmouth and Exmoor thankfully have not had any reported non-dwelling or Dwelling Burglaries, and remains a low crime area.

Farm watch update

To help combat rural crime, Lynton Local Policing Team are in possession of a stamping kit enabling us to mark horse tack, also an etching kit to security mark farm equipment.

There are several dates available for Farm security marking  in the next several months, if you want your farm equipment marked, contact PCSO Grace CLEVERDON 30366 by email if you would like to book a date. grace.cleverdon@dc.police.uk 

our area thankfully have not had any rural thefts, but others have, so please be vigalant at all times, if you see anything your not happy with, REPORT IT.

Actioned 19 July, 2017

Priority

Beauty spot thefts from vehicles

The rural parts of North Devon are prone to spates of thefts from motor vehicles left by people visiting well known beauty spots.  Whilst we have had very few of these in recent years, there have been a number of such thefts in areas across Exmoor in the Spring of 2017.

PLEASE make sure that valuables / bags etc are not left on show in your vehicle and that ideally, that they are kept with you rather than left in your vehicle.

 

Issued 31 March, 2017

Action taken

Update: 19 July 2017 - Summer 2017

P.C Martin Beck and PCSO Grace Cleverdon would like your help to stop ‘theft from Motor Vehicles’ in our Isolated Beauty Spot Car Parks.

This year there has been an enormous rise in this opportunistic crime, and due to its very nature, it is very difficult to solve without help from YOU.

Have you seen something which you were not happy about? If so REPORT IT with as much detail as possible but without putting yourself in any kind of danger.

We have put up extra signs in some places to make people aware of the problem, but we need you to report anything suspicious you might see in passing.

Please don’t tempt the opportunist thief by leaving items of value on display or under coats on the back seat, be mindful of who might be observing you, and leave things out of site in the boot, do not place items under the seats, they usually can see part of them, remember that loose change you have for car parks left in view will also tempt someone to take that risk.

Before leaving your vehicle take a second look, can you see anything? Have you left a charging lead out for your mobile phone or sat nav? If so move it.

Your vehicle is a shop window to the opportunist thief.

 

 

 

Actioned 19 July, 2017

Priority

Poaching

The Poaching of Exmoor's famous Red Deer is a criminal activity that threatens the presence of these beuatiful animals on the moor.  The use by criminals of firearms to engage in this activity also creates a real risk of harm to users of the moor and an enviroment where local residents can feel in fear of intimidation from those involved.

Over the past few seasons, Police have combined with staff from other agencies on a focussed campaign to counter this criminality.

All well as joint covert and overt night time patrols to locate those involved, individuals suspected of these activities have been visited and warned of the consequences for them should they choose to continue and are found breaking the law.

Food outlets have been informed of their responsibility to ensure they know meat served from their premises is lawfully sourced.

Presentations have been delivered to many community groups explaining the law and how individuals can best report intelligence or activities that they witness.

It is only together that we will counter this distasteful activity and safeguard the welfare of the deer and local communities.

If you have information about anyone poaching, you can provide information anonymously through crimestoppers: 0800 555111.  If you come across poaching or hear gun shots at night then ring either 101 or 999 if it is still going on.

Issued 30 March, 2017

Action taken

Update: 19 July 2017 - Summer 2017

Poaching continues to be a problem across the whole of Exmoor, Multi agencies are working  together to combat this distasteful activity.

If you have information about anyone poaching, you can provide information anonymously through crimestoppers: 0800 555111.  If you come across poaching or hear gun shots at night then ring either 101 or 999 if it is still going on.

 

Actioned 19 July, 2017