Police on Exmoor respond to rural crime
|Published: 9th February 2011 11:19|
Police officers from Minehead and Exmoor team have responded to a recent spate of non-dwelling burglaries on Exmoor.
Officers have conducted roadside stop checks and searched a number of vehicles as part of Operation Grasp, a District-wide initiative, which has been set up to target overnight theft and burglary across West Somerset.
PC Nick Wood from the Exmoor beat team has visited residents and victims of crime in the Clatworthy and Huish Champflower following a recent spate of thefts from outbuildings and alarmed padlocks have been issued to residents for securing outbuildings.
PC Wood said, "The padlocks have been funded through money from the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership. The locks can be ‘armed' and when touched emit a loud audible alarm, which will hopefully deter unwanted attention. We have issued them to local residents and previous victims of crime and advised for them to be put on outbuildings and gates to help keep them secure overnight."
Operation Grasp is running across the district and police are particularly interested in information about people visiting farms looking for scrap.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 0845 456 7000 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, they never ask your name or trace the call.