Don’t leave valuables in cars warn police

PUBLISHED: 13:14 23 July 2013 | UPDATED: 13:14 23 July 2013

PC Steve Speariett

PC Steve Speariett

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Axe Valley officers say bank cards stolen from vehicles have been used to steal large amounts of cash from people’s accounts

Police across the Axe Valley are urging people not to leave valuables in their cars.

The warning comes after several vehicles were broken into and stolen bank cards used to withdraw large amounts of cash from people’s accounts.

Seaton community beat officer PC Steve Speariett said thefts from vehicles had topped the crime list during a busy summer period recently.

He said the message they needed to get across was: “Don’t leave any valuables in your cars. If it’s not there, it can’t be stolen.”

PC Speariett added: “The knock- on effect, especially where purses and wallets are stolen, can be compromised bank accounts.

“We have had instances where large amounts of cash have been withdrawn, the victim has to change all their banking details and there is the possibility of identity fraud. It can also lead to increased insurance premiums and a great deal of inconvenience.”

Amongst vehicles targeted recently was a blue Peugeot 307 estate car parked in Stepps Lane, Axmouth.

Villains smashed the passenger side window to gain entry and a handbag, purse and contents were stolen.

The incident happened on July 9 and anyone with information is asked to contact Seaton police on 101, quoting crime reference number KN/13/286.

Officers also want to hear from anyone with information about the theft of a handbag, purse and contents stolen from a red Vauxhall Corsa parked at Trinity Hill nature reserve on July 7 – crime reference KN/13/283.

Meanwhile, an interim report on overall crime figures for the Seaton rural policing division shows police have had a busy July so far.

Incidents include:

Axmouth:

July 6/7 - An attempt was made to break into the tackle shop/cafe at Axmouth harbour. A 66-year-old man has been arrested and is currently on police bail (KN/13/281).

Colyton:

June 10 - July 2: Jewellery was stolen from a room in a residential property (KN/13/274).

June 17 – July 8: A water tank was stolen from a property off the A3052 in Colyford (KN/13/285).

July 12 – 13: A set of windscreen wipers were stolen from a car parked in King Street (KN/13/290).

July 12 - 15: A white panel van parked in Queen Street had the side panels scratched and a wing mirror broken (KN/13/298).


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