Be Vigilant And Thwart Cold-Weather Thieves

January 18, 2013

Police are asking motorists in Heywood to be extra vigilant on icy mornings to keep criminals out in the cold.

During previous winters cars have been stolen across the region after being left with the keys in the ignition and engines running while defrosting them.

With low temperatures expected to continue throughout the winter, police are urging motorists to ensure that they are not the next victims to be left out in the cold by simply staying with their vehicle while defrosting them. It may mean sitting in a cold car for a few minutes but it’s a lot better than having your vehicle taken by a passing thief.

Losing your car may also be only be the start of the problem as many insurance companies will not pay out if vehicles are stolen after keys have been left in the ignition.

It is also worth noting that criminals are on the lookout for any valuables that are left in cars so remove them when you lock the vehicle. Even an old coat will tempt a thief as they may think it contains a wallet or mobile phone. Remove everything you can from view.

To report crime call police on 101 the new national non-emergency number or for more information

You can also call anonymously with information about crime to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers is an independent charity who will not want your name, just your information. Your call will not be traced or recorded and you do not have to go to court or give a statement.


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