Tool thefts rife in the N Devon area

From Devon & Cornwall Police:

North Devon has seen a recent increase in breaks to Motor Vehicles, specifically Power Tools from Work Vans. We have had crimes reported in Barnstaple, Bideford, Torrington, Ilfracombe, South Molton and Okehampton.  We have examined investigative opportunity and collated any evidence available on each crime reported. We continue to work hard to locate those responsible.

In order to reduce the risk of further people becoming victims we are asking for people to be vigilant, ensure vehicles are locked and secure and where able removing power tools and items from the vehicle overnight.

There have been a number of Ford Transit vans entered so we are working with Ford who are offering free security upgrades to Ford Transit and Tourneo customers who have vans built between 28/03/12 and 1/07/17. You can check your eligibility by phoning your local Ford Dealership and giving them your Vehicle registration.

I would ask that any suspicious behaviour, particularly around work vans, is reported to police and if anyone has any information relating to anyone responsible for these crimes please don’t hesitate to contact Devon and Cornwall Police quoting EN/018176/18.

Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or reporting online at

Valuable prevention advice is attached to this message and further information can be found on the Devon and Cornwall Police website:

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