Police have appealed for the public to be vigilant after a householder disturbed three balaclava-clad men trying to break into his vehicle.
It happened in the Newtown area near South Molton on Monday, March 19 at about 10pm.
The intruders made off in a dark-coloured car without taking anything.
Sergeant Ian Rowe of South Molton police said if people saw anything suspicious taking place or a crime in progress they should report it immediately by calling 999.
He said there had also been a long-running series of scrap battery thefts in the South Molton area, with thieves targeting garages or anywhere that batteries are stored.
He said these thefts had been linked to a white van that came down the Link Road from outside of the force area.
Police are currently investigating and enquiries are continuing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 101 quoting CR/023741/18.