Devon homeowners urged to step up security after cat flap burglary

HOMEOWNERS across Devon are being urged to look at security around their houses following a burglary where the suspects gained entry through a cat flap.

HOMEOWNERS across Devon are being urged to look at security around their houses following a burglary where the suspects gained entry through a cat flap.

The police said a home in Bideford was last week burgled when thieves where able to use some sort of instrument which they inserted into the cat flap - and they were then able to open the door.

Once inside they then helped themselves to a wallet containing credits cards, and a surfboard.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said the incident was the second in the region where entry was gained through a cat flap: "If you have a cat flap, make sure the door itself cannot be opened by someone putting their arm through.

"Lock the door with a key and then hide it from view.

"Also hide wallets, purses and keys so that should someone get into your home they will not be able to steal these things easily.

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"Most importantly, should you see any suspicious activity then please ring the police on the 999 system".