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:

  • Never leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running
  • Always lock and secure your vehicle and check windows and sunroof are closed
  • Never leave anything on display in your vehicle
  • Mobile phones, coats, bags, sat navs and CDs are all a potential target for thieves take all valuables with you
  • Ensure all doors and windows are locked and secured using good quality locks
  • If possible park cars in a secure garage overnight
  • Never leave your car keys on display and near the front door, as people may try to break into your home to steal them

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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