Kingskerswell’s parish council chairman is calling on the community to pull together and look after one another as the village is being targeted by organised crime.
In the last few weeks, crime has been on the increase in the village, and there has been a number of confirmed and attempted burglaries.
Police are warning residents to keep valuables out of sight and be aware of unusual callers after a spate of burglaries in Kingskerswell.
Cllr Hartley said: “In recent weeks we seem to have been targeted by organised crime, ranging from car break-ins to people targeting our senior parishioners under false pretences. I believe the car break-ins have been dealt with and is an ongoing matter with the police, but the other crimes are still under investigation.
“Can I ask please that as an active community we pull together and look out for one another in these testing times, and even more as the nights draw in? Friend or Foe, it only takes two minutes to pop round and say hi to your neighbours or even have a quick cuppa.
“For those of us who know senior citizens who may be vulnerable it may give them a bit of reassurance and some security knowing someone is nearby in case of an emergency. I would ask people check there own security and that we pull together and look out for each other.”
He added: “We want to let everyone know that us as a council and the Police and PCSO’s are doing all that we can to stop this and tackle this. People should report anything suspicious to the police and the council as the amount of crime in the village is getting worse.”
Police are reminding residents to keep valuables where they can’t be seen, and to be wary of inviting anyone they don’t know into their homes.
A police spokesman said: “Officers would like to remind everyone to keep valuable items, such as cash, jewellery and laptops out of sight of windows and doors and to keep doors locked, even when you are at home.
“Do not leave keys in the back of doors as offender(s) can reach through cat flaps and letter boxes in order to reach the keys and gain entry to properties using this method.
Source: Devon Live