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SIDMOUTH:Police warning over beauty spot thieves
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
PCSO Chris Bolsover (left) from the Sidmouth Neighbourhood Beat Team, and Seaton PCSO Mike McGauley, are urging motorists to protect their property after a string of thefts from local beauty spots.
POLICE in Sidmouth have issued an urgent warning to motorists that their property may be at risk from thieves operating in a string of local beauty spots. A number of offences have been recorded in recent months, with raiders targeting some of Sidmouth’s most popular tourist attractions. Thieves have snatched a range of valuable items left in parked cars, and officers have been focusing on Peak Hill, Salcombe Regis and Aylesbeare Common in an attempt to shut down the problem. Other targeted sites have been identified at Weston, Salcombe Hill and Blackbury Camp. Police Community Support Officer Chris Bolsover said: “East Devon is a beautiful part of the world and there are many locations that are ideal for walkers, hikers and dog walkers to enjoy. “However, if you are using a vehicle to get to these local beauty spots, please remember that it only takes seconds for a thief to break into your car and take valuables from it. “We strongly recommend that you do all you can to prevent this from happening by following our advice.” Officers are urging visitors to keep vehicles locked and windows closed at all times, and to ensure that valuable items are not kept on display. Police are also advising motorists to mark their property so it can be returned if located. Working with police in Seaton, officers from the Sidmouth Neighbourhood Beat Team have put up a number of warning signs in beauty spot car parks, to encourage visitors to take their valuables with them. But in recent weeks the signs have been torn down by vandals, and police have threatened a “robust” response to anyone found removing them. PCSO Bolsover added: “These signs have been provided by the East and Mid Devon Community Safety Partnership and are highly visible – they will hopefully encourage people to ensure that they do not leave valuables in vehicles when parking in these locations and going out walking. “Unfortunately, some of the signs have been stolen in the last fortnight and have had to be replaced. “Theft of these signs is a criminal offence and will be dealt with robustly.” Anyone with information about the disappearance of the signs is urged to contact police by calling 101.
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