Warm weather brings wave of Barnstaple garden thefts

STATUES, a bird bath, solar lights and two milk churns are among a number of items reported stolen from Barnstaple gardens during the last five weeks. Pieces of garden furniture have also been taken from gardens and driveways in neighbouring villages, whi

STATUES, a bird bath, solar lights and two milk churns are among a number of items reported stolen from Barnstaple gardens during the last five weeks.

Pieces of garden furniture have also been taken from gardens and driveways in neighbouring villages, while flower tubs that were being cared for by the Barnstaple in Bloom Committee were also stolen from the town centre.

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), Hannah Denton, said: "The summer months do tend to be the peak time for garden thefts. Easy access allows thieves to take advantage of stealing valuable equipment.

"Please ensure all garden equipment is secured after use in your garage or shed and that all outdoor lighting comes on at dusk and is in full working order.


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"If possible move any garden ornaments within sight of your house windows and not so visible to passers by. Marking your property with your post code, house name or number makes the property traceable and deters criminals".

For more crime prevention advice visit the Devon and Cornwall Police website or ask to contact from your local neighbourhood beat team.

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Anyone with any information regarding the thefts is asked to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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