Open and shut case on thefts

PUBLISHED: 14:18 31 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:55 10 June 2010

CARELESS householders have led to domestic burglaries in Exmouth and the surrounding area increasing by a third in just 12 months.

CARELESS householders have led to domestic burglaries in Exmouth and the surrounding area increasing by a third in just 12 months.

Exmouth Police Inspector Jez Capey told town councillors at the General Purposes and Regeneration Committee meeting on Monday that burglaries in Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton and the surrounding villages, had risen from 66 last year to 88 this year.

This is above the force's five year average of 83.2 burglaries a year:

"The vast majority of burglaries are up mainly because of insecure premises," he said. "Door are not locked, windows left open.

"They take things like purses, handbags and lap tops."

These crimes were "largely due to four individuals," all of whom had been arrested and convicted.

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