THE homes of people who own high value vehicles have been targeted by thieves.
Police are urging people to be vigilant after a spate of burglaries took place in the villages surrounding Wellingborough during recent weeks. Officers say people should be on their guard against car key burglaries after thieves specifically targeted the owners of Porsche, Lexus, Jaguar, Mercedes, Audi and BMW vehicles.
But a police spokesman said that while they appeared to be the main target for criminals, any cars considered to be high value or high performance vehicles could also be of interest to would-be offenders.
He added: “This type of offence usually occurs overnight. Methods of getting into properties range from simply walking in through an insecure door to fishing the door keys through a letterbox or cat or dog flap with a hook or similar instrument.”
PC Peter Littleton said: “Residents should be particularly aware of any suspicious activity and to take particular care over the security of their home, car and other valuables. We would encourage car owners to consider the following crime prevention advice to help protect becoming a victim of car key burglary:
“Keep your doors and windows locked at all times; set your burglar alarm, if you have one; always park your car in your garage or ensure the car is parked on your driveway; keep your car locked; consider fitting a tracker device, alarm and immobiliser, and keep your keys out of sight and reach from doors and windows.”