POLICE are warning drivers not to fall victim to icy car crime.
Last winter’s big freeze brought with it a new wave of car thefts, with people leaving their engines running while the windscreens defrosted then returning to find their vehicles gone.
As the cold weather returns, officers are concerned the crime could return.
Sergeant Warren Pitman, from the Lower Valley neighbourhood policing team, urged motorists not to leave car keys in the ignition when leaving their vehicle, even if it is for a short period of time. It can be tempting to leave the engine running while you stay warm in your house and wait for your car to defrost,” he said.
“But I would urge people to keep security at the forefront of their minds.
“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.”
He urged drivers to park their vehicles in garages where possible, keep valuables hidden and making sure cars are locked when unattended.
Anyone with concerns about car crime in their area can call their neighbourhood policing team via 101.
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