POLICE in Barnstaple are reminding motorists to ensure that all possessions are removed from view following the charging of two men for vehicle related theft. Officers have been raising awareness of the dangers of leaving valuables in vehicles by issuing

POLICE in Barnstaple are reminding motorists to ensure that all possessions are removed from view following the charging of two men for vehicle related theft.

Officers have been raising awareness of the dangers of leaving valuables in vehicles by issuing notification letters as part of the "Vulnerable Vehicle" scheme.

This scheme works by officers taking details of vehicles where property is on show, and then notifying the owners that this has been the case.

Within the last two months the Barnstaple neighbourhood beat team has notified more than 70 vehicle owners that valuables have been seen, and potentially could have been stolen.

Sergeant Paul Jones, a neighbourhood team leader for Barnstaple, said: "The arrests of these two men represent robust investigations by local officers to detect thefts within Barnstaple. Levels of vehicle crime within the local area are relatively low and this is achieved by proactive policing and good schemes such as the Vulnerable Vehicle initiative. I would appeal to all vehicle users to ensure that safety within the community is further improved by not making it easy for thieves and keeping all property out of sight."

The vulnerable vehicles identified via the scheme have been witnessed parked in both public car parks and on street areas, and anyone who requires further information with car crime prevention is encouraged to contact their local policing team.

Two men, aged 36 and 27, are due to appear before Barnstaple magistrates on Friday charged with separate offences of theft from vehicles.