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We are taking this opportunity to offer crime prevention advice to car owners following a number of burglaries in the south of the county.
In recent weeks, several homes have been broken into in an attempt to steal car keys and vehicles from properties.
We would always encourage people to be vigilant with their vehicle security and take on board the below crime prevention measures in a bid to deter thieves:
Chief Superintendent Ben Smith said: “We have had a number of car key burglaries, and what we believe to be attempted car key burglaries, in the south Warwickshire area recently.
“We strive to do all we can to protect those in the community from harm and as part of this, officers routinely patrol the areas and will continue to do so.
“Perpetrators of this type of crime often target specific vehicles, based on demand and value.
“If a criminal is targeting a certain vehicle they will also be targeting the owner, looking for easy ways to exploit their security and get to their keys.
“The most common methods used by thieves are to follow victims home or drive around residential areas looking for opportunities.
“If you think you are being followed or see any suspicious vehicles, take down the registration number and report it to police by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.
“We would also like to remind people not to leave valuables on show in their vehicles as this can allow opportunistic thieves to strike.
“Equally, in cold weather do not leave your engine running while you wait inside for the windscreen to defrost.
“Car key burglary is an issue that we do not take lightly and where someone has been a victim, we will thoroughly investigate the circumstances around this."
Issued: Laura Maltby, Corporate Communications