07.11.11: The DCPA would like to make residents of South Central Cornwall know that car parking machines are being targeted by thieves across Devon/Cornwall. The perpetrators use power tools and jemmies to force open the machines.
It is highly likely that the thieves will make themselves look like maintenance staff by wearing reflective coats etc. as they need to be in situ with tools for several minutes at least.
If you see people working on a parking machine at any time, please contact the police so they can be checked out. Don’t be afraid to use the 999 system as officers need the information at the time in order to catch the thieves at work.