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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Warning from police over car key thefts

Police are urging vehicle owners to think about where they keep their car keys following recent ‘car key’ burglaries in Denbighshire and Conwy.

Officers have seen a recent increase of incidents whereby vehicles have been stolen.

While developments in car technology improve, locking devices and sophisticated alarm systems have made it increasingly difficult for offenders to steal vehicles.

These improvements in technology have led to the national emergence of a general trend known as ‘car key crime’ where thieves specifically target car keys to steal vehicles.

PC Stuart Goldsack from the Burglary Team based at St Asaph: “Vehicle owners just need to exercise some caution and think about where they leave their keys.

“The majority of burglaries are opportunistic, with offenders managing to get into homes through insecure doors or windows. These are preventable and I would like to take this opportunity to remind residents to make sure their properties are secure even when they are at home.

“Don’t leave keys by windows or doors where they can easily be reached and always ensure your doors are locked.”

Although the number of offences committed in North Wales is low, North Wales Police are keen to work with car owners to reduce the chance of them becoming a victim. Being aware of how thieves operate, what they are looking for and some basic crime prevention measures can reduce the risk to you.

To minimise the risk of car key burglary:
  • Park your vehicle in a secure garage overnight
  • On entering the house lock the front door behind you.
  • Never leave your car keys near a door or window. Criminals can hook keys through open windows and letterboxes.
  • Keep them in a safe place away from doors and windows here they can be seen. People have stolen keys without even entering the premises
  • Invest in a good quality home security system.
  • Be vigilant & if you see anyone acting suspiciously, walking up driveways and looking through doors and windows, report it to the police.
PC Goldsack added: “If you see anyone acting suspiciously you are advised to call North Wales Police on 101 or in an emergency 999.  If you have any information around Car Key Burglaries you can report anonymously to Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.”

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