Police offer advice following spate of non-dwelling burglaries in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 11:30 16 May 2015


Anyone who wants to report a crime should call the police on 101.

A series of non-dwelling burglaries in the Honiton area have prompted police to release tips to prevent further incidents from happening.

Offenders have targeted several sheds around Honiton and struck a garage in the town.

It is believed power tools were taken from some properties, although several items have been recovered. Anyone with information is urged to call 101 and ask to speak to Honiton Neighbourhood Police Team.

Officers are also asking people to call in if they notice any suspicious behaviour or unusual activity in light of the recent incidents.

A spokesman from Honiton Neighbourhood Police team has said: “Burglaries are often opportunistic crimes and it may only take a few minutes for a burglar to enter a property and steal valuable items.

“Simple steps like keeping all windows and doors closed and locked and ensuring spare keys are located in secure places can reduce the risk of being burgled.”

The rest of the tips are below:

• Keep all windows and doors closed and locked.

• Keep keys accessible but out of sight and in a safe place. Don’t leave keys in locks especially near letterboxes or cat flaps (where burglars can get their hands through).

• Fit a security light to the front and back of your property.

• Mark all valuable property in your house appropriately and register it on www.immobilise.com.

For more advice on improving home security, visit the website or contact your neighbourhood policing team via www.devon-cornwall.police.uk.

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