As the weather gets colder police officers across Merseyside are again issuing crime prevention advice to residents to help reduce car crime.
At this time of year we see a number of cars stolen, often when their owners leave the keys in while they defrost their vehicles or call into a store. Officers are urging drivers to be aware that opportunist thieves prey on unlocked cars, left with the engine running and for motorists to do all they can to keep their cars secure.
Supt Kevin Johnson said: “Never leave your car unattended with the engine running even when it’s on your drive, which might be tempting during the cold mornings and when defrosting windows.
“It only takes a second for a thief to jump into your car and drive it away.
“Also, I would like to remind motorists that it is an offence to leave a car unattended with the engine running on a road and if it is stolen while the keys are in the ignition, it’s possible that the theft would not be covered by your insurance.”
Drivers should take the following advice to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of car theft or burglary:
If you have any information about a crime in your area please call Merseyside Police on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.
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