Bikes stolen in Sticklepath shed burglary
THREE bicycles were stolen from a shed at a house in Sticklepath in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The bikes were stolen from the shed, in Oakland Park, overnight between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.
A silver Giant man’s mountain bike, a green and brown We The People boys BMX and a black and white boys mountain bike were all stolen.
The thief gained entry to the shed, which was at the rear of a house, by entering a side gate and then forcing the padlock on the shed.
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The theft is the latest in a string of thefts from sheds, although police say the crimes are not connected.
Around 10 similar offences have taken place in the past week.
Neighbourhood Team leader Sergeant Paul Jones said he was satisfied the crimes weren’t connected.
“It’s so sporadic and spread across the whole of North and West Devon,” he said.
“There have been different modes of entry, different things taken and they haven’t been concentrated in one area.”
He said people needed to guard against opportunistic burglars.
“North Devon is a low crime area but that can lead to there being a degree of complacency,” he said.
PC Donna Woolway, crime prevention officer, said taking a few simple precautions could help prevent thefts happening.
“Residents should take a moment to think about the amount of property stored in their sheds and the high value these items can come to,” she said.
“Sheds should be secured with a closed shackle padlock, grilles or bars on the windows. Installing a simple DIY shed alarm or having your home alarm system extended to your shed is an excellent option. I would also recommend security lighting and ensure side gates are locked.
“It is really important all items in the shed are property marked with your postcode and house number or name.
“This is a timely reminder that every home owner should take the opportunity to review their security around the outside of their homes before the darker nights set in for the Winter.”
Neighbourhood policing teams are able to visit properties and give crime prevention advice. They can be contacted by calling 101 or visiting the Devon and Cornwall Police website at www.devon-cornwall.police.uk