POLICE were out in force last week for Operation Everest. In the special day of action police and community support officers joined in a host of activities across the county, with a special emphasis on tackling burglary, crime prevention and meeting the

POLICE were out in force last week for Operation Everest. In the special "day of action" police and community support officers joined in a host of activities across the county, with a special emphasis on tackling burglary, crime prevention and meeting the public.In Barnstaple, members of the Neighbourhood Beat Team , with the aid of Tactical Aid Group officers, carried out warrants at three properties in Barnstaple Town Centre, Pilton and Newport, with the issues of burglary and handling stolen goods in mind.This resulted in two arrests and the admission of 10 offences, plus the recovery of a small amount of property, said Sgt Jim Tarr.Police Community Support Officers gave advice and spread the crime prevention message with displays in the Pannier Market, St John's Garden Centre and Brian Ford's store.They listened and they took on board the views and concerns of the local residents, with the assurance that they do listen and act on what they hear, said Sgt Tarr.PCSOs visited people who had suffered burglary in the past to advise and check that action had been taken to safeguard their properties from further attention.Properties seen to be vulnerable were also visited and occupants spoken to or letters of advice put through letterboxes."We do live in a low crime area and it is easy for people to become complacent," said PCSO Hannah Denton.Neighbourhood surveys were carried out in Braunton and burglary reduction initiatives, including attention to sheds and garages.Burglarly prevention was also a target in South Molton, plus public reassurance through high visibility patrols and visits to vulnerable premises.There were also home security initiatives in Bideford and Torrington, including surgeries and presentations by the Neighbourhood Beat Teams and partner agencies.Ilfracombe, Lynton and Holsworthy saw FarmWatch initiatives and rural plant marking, including photographing of equipment and property marking and registration.Anyone wishing to get advice from the police can find the contacts for their local officers on the police website www.devon-cornwall.police.uk and going to Find Your Neighbourhood Policing Team. Or they can telephone on 08452 777444 or call into their local police station