THIS festive season, Cheshire Police are asking all residents in the West to ensure car thieves aren’t given any extra presents.
Recently, there has been an increase in the number of car thefts involving the hook and cane method.
This sees thieves use a cane or rod, with a hook attached, to fish car keys from houses via the letterbox.
To prevent this type of theft, make sure car keys are not kept where prospective thieves can see them – away from open windows or tables near front doors.
Det Insp Pete Lawless, of the Proactive Policing Team, said: “This type of crime is undoubtedly on the increase. As security systems become more and more sophisticated, car thieves look to find alternative ways of accessing cars.
“The best way to ensure that you don’t become a victim of this is to make sure your keys are kept out of reach and out of sight. Quite simply, if the criminals cannot see your keys, they cannot steal your car.
“Last month, more than 50 sets of keys were used by thieves to drive away stolen cars, with Ford and Audi models being particularly targeted by the thieves.
“We all need to be vigilant. If you see anyone acting suspiciously report it to the police. These offenders will need to walk up driveways to look through doors and windows to see if there are keys in sight of a door or window. If you notice any such behaviour or anything of concern, please contact the police.”