Police are investigating a series of burglaries from commercial premises in St Marychurch, Torquay in the early hours of Monday 18th July 2016.
Four premises were broken into by smashing windows at the front of the property. Attempts were made to enter three other premises, but the burglars were not successful at gaining access to these.
Once inside the burglars made messy searches for cash, specifically looking for portable items containing money such as float tins, charity collection boxes and till drawers.
Police have collected evidence from the scene of the burglaries and the police helicopter was put up for a search of the area at approximately 3am.
Police are appealing for anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area on the night of Sunday 17th / Monday 18th July to get in touch, and have offered advice for business owners.
Detective Sergeant Thomas Blanchard of Torquay CID said:
“We urge all business owners to remove all cash from their premises overnight and at times when the businesses are not open and there are no staff on the premises. Advertise the fact that cash is not kept on the premises too by clear signage.”
“Most thieves choose premises with no obvious signs of security or premises where they feel they won’t be seen.
“If you possibly can, put security in place to deter crime in the first place and advertise your security by the use of signs so that criminals are aware that there is an increased likelihood of being caught or failing in their attempts.”
More crime prevention advice for businesses can be found on the Devon and Cornwall Police website at www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/prevention-and-advice/your-business/security-of-premises
Anyone who has information which could help with the investigation can contact the police by email at [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting reference CR/048791/16
Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News