Cars stolen after drivers leave them with keys in the ignition while de-frosting windows

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Police have issued a warning after three vehicles were stolen in the county during the last two days as a result of people leaving their vehicle unattended with the engine running to defrost windows.

The thefts took place on either Wednesday, January 16, or Thursday, January 17.

Northamptonshire Police vehicle crime lead, Detective Inspector Ali Farr said: “During the cold weather, motorists are advised to make sure their car is fully defrosted before starting any journey.

“However, motorists should never leave their vehicle unattended with the engine running to warm it up or defrost the windows.

“Most of these crimes are opportunistic and can be prevented.

“We urge members of the public to allow extra time to safely clear their windscreens in the morning and it is important that motorists stay with their vehicles while doing so.”

To help prevent becoming a victim of vehicle crime, visit northants.police.uk/crimeprevention.