The key to not getting hooked
Police say some local residents are still making it far too easy for opportunist car thieves by leaving their car keys on show and within reach.
The fresh warning not to leave keys lying around follows a recent increase in incidents of cars being stolen from outside homes.
Officers say people have a habit of leaving their keys near their front door.
Thieves who spot keys on show have been known to push sticks with hooks on the end through letter boxes in order to fish for keys.
In some incidents they will force a window to reach them. Often these thieves are only interested in stealing your car.
Community PC, Elvett Phipps, said it was time for a fresh warning and said that if people took some simple precautionary measures, the number of thefts from drives would drop.
In the past, Hertfordshire Constabulary has offered the following advice ...
These warnings have been issued several times before on this site, but PC Phipps said it was time to remind people of the dangers and what they could do to help prevent car crime.
Interestingly, the last warning was issues this time last year, suggesting this is a crime associated with light evenings and warm weather when people leave windows open and doors ajar.
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14 May 2005
Increase in car thefts from drives - 19 May 2004
Local car key theft on the increase - 27 June 2003
House burglaries on the increase - 5 March 2002
Police issue car theft warning - 25 October 2001