Stay safe this bank holiday

PUBLISHED: 10:59 21 August 2012

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Police urge members of the public to secure their valuables and not fall victim to 'opportunistic thieves'.

East Devon residents are being urged to safeguard their homes and belongings this bank holiday against ‘opportunistic thieves’.

Devon and Cornwall Constabulary is urging people to give extra thought to their own safety and ensure valuables are secured and not on display when going away or staying at home.

Bob Bunney, the force crime reduction advisor, said: “To avoid theft it is always best if you don’t leave valuables on display in unattended vehicles or your holiday accommodation.

“When parking always try to leave your vehicle in a secure car park or a well lit area, activate alarms and immobilisers where fitted otherwise consider other security measures such as steering wheel locks.”

Police have issued the following advice:

- Don’t leave valuables in your car.

- Keep mobile phones in a safe place.

- Avoid leaving bags unattended.

- Make sure valuables are kept in a secure place or kept with you if necessary.

- For those staying away from home in hotels or bed and breakfast accommodation ensure the door to your room is - locked and windows are shut.

- If staying at a campsite secure your tenet and store personal items such as Id or credit cards with site security, in a safety deposit or keep it with you.

- For those staying at home ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your home if it is being left for a few days.

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