Posted: Mon 16th Apr 2018

Cheshire police warning over recent car thefts

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Apr 16th, 2018

Officers from Cheshire Police are urging residents to remain vigilant following a spate of car and key burglaries in Chester and Ellesmere Port.  ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Over the past two weeks officers have been called to ten separate reports of burglaries in Chester and Ellesmere Port where the offenders have forced entry into the premises in a deliberate attempt to steal car keys. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Of the ten, the suspects were successful on six occasions, stealing a number of cars including WW Golfs, BMW’s and Audi’s. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Investigations in relation to the incidents are ongoing and officers are currently following a number of lines of enquiry. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Detective Sergeant Andy Smith said: “While this investigation continues I would like to remind residents in the local area to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“It’s also important that residents keep their homes secure and make sure that all car keys are always store out of sight – helping to reduce their chances of becoming a victim. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“This is especially pertinent over the next week, when we are expecting to see a heatwave across the area, which may result in residents leaving windows and doors open to keep their homes cool.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

There are a number of simple steps that residents can take to keep their homes secure and reduce their chances of becoming a victim, including: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

• Ensure that all windows are closed and doors are locked, even when you are at home or in the garden.
• Use the security measures on modern windows, which allow them to let some air in but still be locked.
• Keep all valuables out of the line of sight of prying eyes.
• Never put car keys or purses on window sills or in view of a window or door.
• Always avoid keeping large amounts of cash in your house.
• Use security devices, such as steering locks, to keep vehicles secure. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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