£1.2million extra government funding to crack down on burglary and theft in South West crime hotspots

Three police forces in the South West are to receive extra funding as part of the government’s £25million Safer Streets Fund – delivering on a key Conservative manifesto commitment.

Avon and Somerset will receive £400,000, Devon and Cornwall £546,781 and Dorset £266,357 – a total of £1,213,138.

The Safer Streets Fund forms part of the government’s concerted action to tackle...

Ex burglar reveals how to keep your home safe this Christmas

Posting our plans on social media, leaving gift boxes we have bought in outside bins and forgetting to lock doors and windows… the simple mistakes that are inviting burglars into our homes.

As Christmas approaches, homes become filled with expensive gifts and gadgets. This sadly means that the festive season is also the peak time that domestic burglary increases due to opportunistic...

Video CCTV appeal after attempted robbery

Police are investigating an attempted robbery that took place at CJ Brown’s Newsagent in Thurlestone Walk, Leigham, Plymouth.

Two men walked into the store at around 9.45am on Sunday 7th August demanding to be given money. One of the suspects threatened a female shop worker with a kitchen knife but when the alarm was activated both suspects ran off. The member of staff was not harmed...

£3,000 worth of belongings stolen from family car

Police are investigating the theft of more than £3,000 worth of belongings from a family car at a Plymouth hotel on Saturday [30 July].

The family had checked out of The Imperial hotel in Lockyer Street and packed their luggage in the car.

The black Ford Kia was entered by thieves after it was left unattended in the car park between 10.30am and 2.40pm.

The offenders...

Revealed: A Third of UK Tourists Suffer with Items Stolen on Holiday

a recent study conducted by luxury travel company, eShores, shows that a third of UK tourists have had their belongings stolen while on holiday.

The study asked 1250 holidaymakers information about which destination they have had belongings stolen, what items they’ve had stolen, and the value of their loss. This gave shocking insights into the scale of theft while on holiday, with 58%...

Have you seen this stolen van?

Police are trying to find a van stolen from Pennygillam Industrial Estate.

The van was stolen during a burglary committed sometime between 6.15pm on Saturday 28th May and 9.15am on Sunday 29th May 2016.

The van (pictured) is liveried and the only one used by the company. Whilst it was stolen from Launceston, local police believe it may be in the wider Plymouth Area.


War medals stolen from Plymstock home

Police are trying to trace a number of war medals that have been stolen from a Devon home and may have been sold in Buckinghamshire.

The war medals (pictured) were taken from a property in Plymstock area of Plymouth on Friday 29 January 2016.

The medals shown in the black and white photograph belonged to the late Colonel James Rowland Walkey. He was a Chaplin who received an...

Public urged to be vigilant after attempted theft

Police are urging the public to be vigilant after an incident involving three men believed to be cold calling elderly and vulnerable residents and telling them that repairs were needed on their roofs.

The incident happened on Wednesday 13 April 2016 on Parkfield Road, Torquay.

One resident was in the process of handing over a large amount of cash when the police arrived and...

Suspect sought after theft from vehicle

Police have released an Evofit of a man they are seeking in connection with a theft from a car in Plymouth.

Officers are investigating a break-in to a Land Rover Freelander in Severn Place, Efford, in the early hours of Sunday 13 March.

A witness saw a man crouching down and hiding beside the vehicle around 2.40am.

Once discovered he ran off with a second man who had...

Police warn of PIN number distraction thieves

Police are urging the public to be vigilant after a number of shoppers have been targeted by thieves in supermarket car parks across Devon and Cornwall.

While the victims, in some cases elderly women, have purchased goods in a supermarket or used a cash point a suspect has watched them enter their PIN number.

When the victims have returned to their vehicles, they have been...