Ice-jacking warning to people across Calderdale after Mercedes stolen from Southowram this morning

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Police are urging drivers to watch out for ice-jackers as the temperatures fall after a Mercedes was stolen while the windows were defrostin this morning.

The Mercedes SLK-Class was taken after the keys were left in the ignition outside a house in the Broadway area of Southowram.

Sergeant Warren Pitman, of Halifax Central neighbourhood policing team, urged motorists not to leave car keys in the ignition if their vehicle is unattended, even for just a short period of time.

“On this particular occasion, the owner of the vehicle had started his car and gone back into the house for only a short time,” he said.

“When he returned, he found that it had been stolen.

“It can be tempting to leave the engine running while you stay warm in your house and wait for your car to defrost but I would urge people to keep security at the forefront of their mind.

He added: “People can become preoccupied in a morning, particularly when they are in a rush for work, but it can take just seconds for someone to steal valuable items from your vehicle or even jump in your vehicle and drive away.

“People should also consider the consequences it may have on their insurance claims as companies may not pay out if you have left your vehicle in this way.”