Car Key Burglaries

Copy of email received Friday 12th November, 2010

Car Key Burglaries:
There have been a growing number of incidents in various parts of the country where motorists have had their car keys stolen during the course of a house burglary in order to steal expensive cars parked in the driveway.

The following advice has now been issued:

If you have a garage, please park your car in it. Many people with garages use them for storage. Clear them out and use them for the purpose for which they were built. This will keep your cars out of the sight of preying eyes.

DO NOT leave car keys in an obvious place, make it as hard as possible for the thief. At night time take your car keys to bed with you.

Consider fitting an electric garage door. This is an added incentive to use the garage. Many people just cannot be bothered getting out of their cars, and unlocking the garage, especially in bad weather.

If you have to park your car in the driveway consider fitting substantial gates or security posts.

It is a fact that new cars have very sophisticated locks, immobilisers and other security devices and the only way to start the vehicle is to have the key.

Thieves are selecting cars they want to steal from outside houses.  They will look for any opportunity to steal keys that are left hanging up in the kitchen or hallway or left on the table - and will actually target them. It is therefore vital that householders do hide the keys from view.

Householders also need to make sure that they take other simple crime prevention measures to ensure that they donít become victims of sneak-in thieves or burglary, such as remembering not to leave doors and windows unlocked.

Wakefield North West Neighbourhood Policing Team
Tel no: 01924 294 671

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