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Police warning follows rise in rural break-ins

08:00 29 March 2014

Barnstaple Police Station

Barnstaple Police Station


Sheds and barns are targeted during month-long crime spree.

POLICE in North Devon are warning people to secure outbuildings following a rash of rural break-ins this month.

So far this month, 23 burglaries have been reported in areas including Atherington, Bishops Tawton, Goodleigh, Chivenor and North Molton.

Items stolen from sheds and barns include generators; strimmers; hedge cutters; quad bikes; ride-on lawnmowers; power tools; bicycles; and various hand tools.

PCSO Hannah Denton urged people to report any suspicious vehicles, particularly vans, and advised people to consider taking further security precautions.

“Please contact police with as much details as possible and remember that suspicious activity does not just occur during the night,” she said.

“Even though home and business owners have placed secure padlocks, offenders have cut through them to gain entry to the buildings and have their pick of property from inside.

“Closed shackle padlocks are available that leave less scope for them to be cut. Mark your property with a clear identification mark, which cannot be erased easily. Use your house name or number followed by the postcode.

“Take photos of any items and make a note of identifying marks such as scratches or stickers. If you are unfortunate enough to become a victim, the police may be able to identify property should it be located and return it to you.”

To report suspicious activity, telephone police on 101.


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