Vehicle owners warned after car thefts

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POLICE are warning owners of high value cars in the rural areas of Wellingborough to be vigilant against key thefts after recent house burglaries.

Officers say high value vehicles, including Porsche, Lexus, Jaguar, Mercedes, Audi and BMW, appear to be the main target for this type of crime, but any cars considered to be high value or high performance vehicles could also be of interest to offenders.

Previous incidents have usually taken place 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, even when you are at home.

• Set your burglar alarm, if you have one.

• Always park your car in your garage or at least ensure the car is parked on your driveway.

• Keep your car locked, even if it is in your garage, and consider fitting a tracker device, alarm and immobiliser.

• Keep your keys out of sight and reach from doors and windows at all times.

• Store car keys, and other valuables, out of sight and certainly away from windows and doors.

• Do not keep house keys in the lock but do ensure that you can find them easily in the event of an emergency.

For further details visit www.northants.police.uk/crimeprevention