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Summer Campers at risk of tent thefts

Posted 28 June 2011
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Campers need to take care when storing valuables in their tents. First highlighted by Cumbrian police in May after a spate of thefts in the lake district, the police have warned campers to keep high value items, like mobiles and laptops either secure or at home.

Inspector Richard Quinn, who polices the northern Lake District and the North Pennines, said: “Time and again we see people have their visit to this beautiful county spoiled by becoming victims of crime. In so many cases this could have been so easily avoided.”

He went on to explain that the common thefts where from ‘opportunistic thieves; who have bee tempted by tent doors left open at night or left unwatched as campers cooked.

They can also be attracted by mountain bikes left unguarded on busy campsites.  

“Thefts from tents are common on campsites throughout the summer months,” he concluded.

Local residents and visitors to Cumbria have been asked to contact police immediately on the Non Emergency Number: 101 if they spot suspicious activity, and to take down the registration details of any suspicious vehicles.