Police warn of theft in rural areas

Those in rural areas are being urged to sign up to the community messaging service following recent trends.

POLICE are warning those in rural areas of trends in the theft of oil, quad bikes, machinery and metals.

Those in isolated areas are being advised to keep such belonging securely locked up, and either alarmed or closer to the house.

Recent crimes reported by Holsworthy Police included the theft of a 2009 Honda quad bike with rear independent shocks, rear disc brakes and heating oil.

Thomas Carrick, chairman of the Torridge district Neighbourhood Watch forum, also warned home owners to secure their home’s oil tanks.

He said: “What we are seeing a lot of at the moment is opportunist theft; you must make sure your belongings are secure.”

Police are urging those in rural locations to sign up to community messaging, which enables the police to get in touch via phone, email or letter, to pass on or appeal for information.

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For more information on community messaging, visit www.devon-cornwall.police.uk

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