Officers have issued precautions to vehicle owners and traders during the warmer summer months to prevent vehicle crime.

POLICE in North Devon are urging vehicle owners and traders to be extra vigilant during the warmer weather.

Officers have given general advice to follow simple precautions, including locking vehicles, closing windows and not to leave items on display such as sat navs.

Sergeant Paul Jones, neighbourhood team leader for Barnstaple, said: "Theft from vehicles in Devon and Cornwall remains low but the opportunity for this type of crime traditionally rises whilst people are enjoying the summer weather.

"By taking simple precautions such as locking vehicles and keeping keys out of sight will reduce crime and prevent the heartache of losing valuables over the summer season."

Car owners are being given the following advice from Devon and Cornwall Police:

- Keep car keys out of sight, in houses and showrooms.

- Lock your vehicles and close windows.

- Leave nothing on display in your vehicle. Remove items such as sat nav and cradle, tools, mobiles, and money.

- Plan shopping so that bulky items are collected at the end of the day rather than being stored in your vehicle.

- Property mark your possessions and register your valuables using the free service at www.immobilise.com. This enables police to identify the owner of the items if they are stolen.

Anyone wishing to report a theft from a vehicle can call police on non-emergency number 101 or email 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk.