Thieves Target Cars on Dartmoor

Early morning on Haytor, Dartmoor, 117 kb
Early morning on Haytor, Dartmoor
© Sean Kelly, Jan 2008
Devon and Cornwall Police have issued a warning that thieves targeting cars are in operation around the Haytor area of Dartmoor. Several cars have been broken into and had valuables stolen.

Ashburton PCSO, Ben Cattrall, sent out a warning that cars parked in the various secluded parking areas around Haytor on the Eastern side of Dartmoor, Devon, were being broken into. These areas included those close to popular climbing crags such as Haytor & Lowman, Hound Tor, Bench Tor, and Bonehill Rocks, and also parking areas used by walkers around popular reservoirs including; Venford, Fenworthy, Trenchford and Avon Dam.

PCSO Cattral further explained: "These areas have been targetted in the past as easy pickings from cars that leave valuables on show. During the recent spell of good weather, we had several breaks-ins on the moors in the space of 48 hours. It seems that the criminals have realised the value of climbing gear too, as ropes and trad gear have been taken aswell."

Rob on the Dartmoor classic Interrogation, 207 kb
Rob on the Dartmoor classic Interrogation
© Mark Stevenson, Jul 2008

Devon and Cornwall Police advise that valuables are removed from unattended cars or hidden from view. In the case of an incident the Police contact details are as follows:

Ashburton PCSO Ben Cattrall, 30596
Devon and Cornwall Constabulary
Ashburton Police Station
Conway House
Eastern Road
TQ13 7FL

Email PCSO Cattrall:

The Police non-emergency helpline is 101.

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