Security advice following car key burglaries – South Warwickshire
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Warwickshire Police is issuing home security advice to residents, ahead of the clocks going back and the darker evenings drawing in.
In recent weeks, car key burglaries have been reported in South Warwickshire, including Stratford, Alcester, Wellesbourne, Snitterfield and Southam. Several of the offences are being treated as linked, with most incidents occurring overnight. The offences have mainly involved offenders breaking into houses and taking keys, before stealing cars from the driveway.
High powered vehicles including VW Golfs, BMWs and Audis have been the main targets in the most recent spate of offences.
Det Sgt Sarah Wolsey from Leamington CID said: “At this time of year, unfortunately we often do see a slight increase in house burglaries and vehicle crime and sadly we have had a number of car key burglaries reported to us in the south of the county recently.
“We understand the distress and inconvenience that these offences can cause to victims, and we are doing all we can to prevent and investigate these crimes. Officers routinely patrol these areas and there has already been and will continue to be increased patrols in the area over coming weeks.
"Taking a few crime prevention measures can help to make a difference in vehicles being targeted. While we are doing all we can to catch those responsible, we would also ask for the public's help to make it even more difficult for offenders. And if you do see any suspicious behaviour, please report it to us.”
We would encourage people to be vigilant with their home and vehicle security, and to note the following security advice:
A well-lit home gives the impression someone is in - use timer switches to turn lights on when you are out.keep your keys/key fob and valuables out of sight
always ensure doors and windows are locked and if you have a home alarm, set it when you go out and when you go to bed
fit a high quality alarm to your vehicle
use additional security systems such as immobilisers and visible security locks
lock your garden gates and side entrances. Don’t leave tools lying around in the garden that could be used to break in to your home.
if you have gates on your property, keep them locked where possible
install security lights
always take keys with you when leaving the vehicle unattended
in cold weather, do not leave your engine running while you wait inside for the windscreen to defrost.