Police warning after break-ins

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TWO break-ins which saw thieves stealing high value cars have sparked a warning from police.

The thefts happened after the culprits broke into two homes in Ripponden last week, stealing the keys to the valuable vehicles - in what police term a ‘Hanoi burglary’.

Officers from the Upper Valley neighbourhood policing team are urging residents not to fall victim to the same kind of crime.

They have been visiting homes, delivering more than 100 letters asking people to keep their car keys out of reach of thieves

High visibility patrols and checks on suspicious vehicles are also being carried out.

Detective Inspector Dean McIntyre, from Calderdale Police’s tasking unit, said: “Hanoi-style burglaries can be incredibly distressing for victims because the thieves have sneaked into their home, often while they are in another room or asleep during the night, and made off in their vehicle before they can do anything about it.

“There are plenty of simple steps motorists can take to prevent becoming a victim of Hanoi-style burglaries. These include parking your car in a garage if possible, keeping car keys out of view and easy reach, locking doors and windows, and using a wheel clamp.

“You should also be vigilant and report any suspicious activity, registration numbers and descriptions to the police.”

To contact the police call 0845 6060606.