Police warning follows rise in rural break-ins

08:00 29 March 2014

Barnstaple Police Station

Barnstaple Police Station

Archant

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.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Chancellor George Osborne laid out his plan for the South West at Appledore Shipyard on Friday. Picture: Jasmine Little

George Osborne made the pledge during a speech at Appledore Shipyard this morning (Friday)

Read more
10:06
Caravans moved onto Barnstaple's Rock Park earlier  this evening (Wednesday).

Enforcement officers called off as encampment vacates Rock Park.

Read more
Unveiling the Conservative six point plan for the South West.

The Chancellor is paying a visit to Appledore Shipyard this morning (Friday) to announce, among other things, improvements to A361 Link Road.

Read more
Russell Cheesman, who was found dead in Bideford on Sunday, October 26.

Russell Cheesman, 32, was found dead near Bideford skate park having taken a number of drugs and drinking alcohol.

Read more
The submerged car in Appledore. Picture: Andy Willterton.

Coastguard and a local tractor driver attempted to rescue the vehicle yesterday (Thursday) which is still stuck in the sand.

Read more
The Hobby Horse

From agriculture shows and food fairs to railway shows and picnics - there is loads to do in North Devon this bank holiday weekend.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:51
New North Devon Council deputy leader Pat Barker and leader Des Brailey.

Annual meeting sees the formation of a new Conservative led administration

Read more
Yesterday, 14:01
The inquest was held at Bideford Town Hall this morning (Thursday).

Julian Renouf, 37, died in April last year during a ‘tragic accident’ after fishing vessel overturned, trapping him underneath.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:00
Westward Ho! Picture: Stephen Ring

Double header for Westward Ho! with a coveted Blue Flag plus Seaside Award, but others receive a share of the spoils too...

Read more
Yesterday, 12:18

Inspector overturns council’s decision ot refuse 59 homes at Mead Park

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder