Police warn over rise in rural thefts


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Farm buildings targeted during recent crime spree.

POLICE in North Devon are warning about an increase in thefts from farm buildings in rural areas.

Officers are reminding people to secure outbuildings including stables and sheds; check fences and hedges for weak spots; and consider installing security lighting and alarms where practical.

Items stolen at raids in Swimbridge Lynmouth, Braunton and South Molton include horse tack and saddles; money; stable doors; pressure washer; tools; silicone tubs; and horse clippers.

PCSO Hannah Denton said: “We understand that rural areas can be hard to protect, however, officers can help offer crime prevention.

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“Farm buildings can be home to your valuable equipment so use locks that comply with the British Standards, good quality locking bars and high security padlocks.”

Police are also offering free property marking for equestrian equipment to help deter would-be criminals.

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“I’d rather come out and help prevent a crime than come out and see you as a victim,” added PCSO Denton.

For more information, contact PCSO Denton on via the non emergency number 101 or email hannah.DENTON@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk

Further crime prevention advice can be found at www.devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk

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