Police warning after increase in vehicle crime in Torquay

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Police have warned the public to be aware following an increase in vehicle crime in Torquay.

Eight incidents were reported in one day in the Cockington and Chelston areas of the town

Inspector Ian Stevens, who is responsible for neighbourhood policing in the town is concerned due to the recent spate of vehicle thefts. He said: “We saw eight incidents on one day last week, predominantly in the Chelston and Cockington areas. I want to remind residents that although we live in a safe part of the country, opportunistic thieves will take advantage where they can.”

Opportunistic thieves will look for the easy to steal items, even small change that is often kept in the car for parking. Inspector Stevens went on to say, “the incidents reported involved windows being smashed to gain entry, followed by what appears to be a quick search and the removal of items that were reported to have been on display. Simply removing items from display will go a long way to keeping your vehicle safe.”

Police are advising not to leave any valuables on display – Phones, wallets, portable devices etc and that theives may even steal shopping bags if they think they contain something worth stealing, even small change. They also advise not to keep vehicle documents in the car, to park in well lit areas where possible and to keep the vehicle secure.

Police will be carrying out patrols in the most affected areas and carrying out stop and search where appropriate.

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