Warning as daylight burglars target homes

PUBLISHED: 06:30 09 August 2016


Residents in Budleigh Salterton have been warned of the dangers of leaving their properties vulnerable to ‘opportunistic’ thieves this summer.

Devon and Cornwall Police said that between 4.30pm and 8.30pm on Wednesday, July 13, two properties in Moormead were targeted due to windows and doors being left open.

Officers said that in one property, a woman’s handbag was stolen as she sat in her back garden, while an open window was exploited at the other.

Detective Constable Damien Randall said: “I know people will do what they want to do and some will leave their doors open and their windows ajar.

“If people are not in their property, then my advice would be to make sure windows and doors are secure.

“If they are in, just be aware of what doors are open because these crimes have happened in broad daylight.”

There have been a number of alleged thefts in Exmouth where the properties of residents away on holiday have been targeted.

DC Randall said the incidents in Budleigh were not linked.

He said: “I cannot say they are linked to similar crimes that have taken place in Exmouth – there is nothing to suggest they are connected.

“They’re a few miles away and we don’t have any forensic evidence to link them.

“They don’t appear to have the same mission objective either.

“It appears they are targeting different types of properties.”

Anyone who has seen anything unusual in the Moormead area at the time the crimes were committed or has any information in relation to the thefts should contact 101 and quote crime number CR/047572/16 and CR/047644/16.

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