TIPS to avoid being a victim of rural crime were given to people across West Somerset as police held a week of action throughout the area.

Educational activities were held in Minehead, Williton, and Dulverton, and officers visited 31 farms, encouraging farmers to sign-up to their Farm Watch scheme.

They also patrolled car parks on the Quantocks Hills where vehicle owners were advised against leaving their property on show in a bid to deter vehicle crime.

Police community support officers also attended a number of events, including sharing advice on rural security for those attending Cutcombe Market, took part in the Exmoor Local Community Network, and gave a talk in Winsford Parish Church on avoiding fraud and burglary, and dealing with cold callers.

Seven repeat burglary victims were visited to provide support and security advice.

The week saw neighbourhood policing teams and specialist units uniting to help tackle some of the biggest issues impacting communities.

The operation illustrated the vital role neighbourhood policing teams played in disrupting criminal behaviour and listening to and supporting the community and their needs.

Chief Insp Rebecca Wells-Cole said: “The week’s operation in West Somerset was all about targeted, high-visibility policing with plenty of opportunity to speak to the public about the issues that are affecting them.

“It was brilliant to see teams coming together to achieve this, working collaboratively to ensure safer streets for everybody.

“Along with multiple arrests and charges, we have met community members and stakeholders, visited local businesses and victims of burglary, and delivered crime prevention advice in different locations.

“Getting out and about solving problems in the community is what neighbourhood officers enjoy doing the most.

“I could not be prouder of the team.”

Chief Insp Wells-Cole said the action week was a direct response to community concerns and priorities, and was part of a broader strategy focusing on providing additional resources for neighbourhood teams to enhance community visibility and tackle local issues.

Through co-ordinated action and community engagement, the initiatives aimed to deliver safer environments and address public concerns effectively.

Anybody concerned about crime can report it directly here.