Cars targeted in weekend crime spree

Joseph Bulmer

Police urge motorists to get security-savvy

POLICE are investigating a spate of car crime that took place in Barnstaple at the weekend.

Several vehicles were broken into in the Bradiford area of the town and property stolen between Saturday night and Sunday morning. At the same time, two cars were also targeted at Barnstaple Football Club in Mill Road, and there was an attempted break-in of a garage in Priory Gardens, Pilton.

Police said vast majority of vehicles targeted had been left unsecured ensuring easy pickings for the offenders and urged motorists to be more security-conscious.

Det Sgt Paul McWhinnie, of Barnstaple CID, said: “We do live in a very safe area of the country and are extremely pleased with the low level of our crime figures. However, we have consistently sent this message out to the public and we are now concerned that this has made people feel so safe in their communities that some people may have become complacent.”

DS McWhinnie said that many criminals choose the easiest option and unsecured cars are targeted above all the locked vehicles in the area.

He added: “Please do not make yourself a victim by leaving your property unsecure and be aware that insurance companies will often not pay out for your loss if you have not taken the necessary steps to protect your property.”

Anyone with any information relating to these crimes should contact Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting the crime no. CB/11/203.

The appeal follows two recent car crimes in nearby Filleigh.

In the early hours of Monday, January 17, a blue Rover 416, registration G214AJB, was stolen from a driveway in the village.

Around the same time, �1,000 in hair products as well as other items, including Christian Dior sunglasses and an Apple iPod were taken from a Vauxhall Astra which was parked in the same area.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 08452 777444 quoting police ref. CS/11/26 and CS/11/29.