Police are appealing for information after a series of vehicle thefts in Barnstaple.

A total of eight incidents were reported between Sunday, September 30 and Thursday, October 4, in which power tools were primarily taken.

PCSO Tony Charles said: “It appears that the majority of vehicles broken into were Ford Transit vans and access was gained without causing any damage, so it is possible that a skeleton key was used.

“Officers are reminding members of the public not to leave valuables in the vehicles – thieves know all of the hiding places.

“We would also advise car owners to park their vehicles in a garage or on a driveway if at all possible.”

Police advice on keeping vehicles safe includes:

• Secure doors, windows, boot and sunroof when leaving your vehicle.

• Don’t leave items on display when you leave the vehicle - including satellite navigations systems, their mount and any suction marks left visible.

• Make sure you remove the keys from the ignition when leaving your vehicle.

• Park in a well-lit location that is visible to passers by.

• Have your vehicle windows marked with the vehicle identification number.

• Never leave car documents or spare keys inside the vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to email police at 101@dc.police.uk or by calling 101 quoting crime reference number CR/090187/18.

Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or reporting online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org