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Increase in car thefts from drives

Car Keys
Police advise against leaving car keys on view and within easy reach of burglars.
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Police say there has been an increase in so-called ‘car key burglaries’ over the last two months and they are now calling on local communities to help foil thieves.

In the last month, there have been 19 such burglaries in Welwyn Hatfield, resulting in cars being stolen from outside homes. There were 10 more incidents where car keys were stolen, but vehicles not taken.

In neighbouring Potters Bar there were five burglaries between April 29 and May 16. Vehicles were taken in all five incidents.

Police say they want to hear from any early risers, such as postal workers, milk float workers, or early commuters, to contact them if they see anyone acting suspiciously in the early hours of the morning, or if they see any high-value cars on the road in the early hours.

Officers are also advising owners of high-value vehicles to keep their cars garaged overnight, rather than leaving them on the driveway in full view of any would-be thieves. Police say tracking devices should be considered.

Anyone with any information about this or any other crime should contact the Central Crimedesk on 01707 638102 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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19 May 2004

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