Police warn of possible increase in car thefts in Welwyn Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 15:54 10 January 2017 | UPDATED: 15:54 10 January 2017

Police have warned of a possible increase in car thefts in Welwyn Hatfield.

Police have warned of a possible increase in car thefts in Welwyn Hatfield.

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With the weather set to turn colder this week, Hertfordshire Constabulary is warning drivers not to leave vehicles unattended with the keys in the ignition whilst waiting for them to defrost.

Every year vehicles are stolen after keys are left in the ignition with the engine running.

Inspector Paul Lawrence, of the Crime Reduction Unit, said: “Defrosting the car in the mornings is one job that we all dread and thieves are only too keen to take advantage of such opportunities.

“We have also had reports of burglaries where car keys have been targeted so make sure you do not leave keys at home in places where they can be easily seen and make sure doors are locked securely, especially PVCu doors which need to be locked by lifting the handle and turning the key to engage all the safety bolts.”

Keep your vehicle secure and yourself safe this winter by doing the following:

Vehicles should never be left unattended on the road with the engine running.

ALWAYS ensure your windscreen and other windows are fully de-iced and de-misted before moving off. Driving without clear visibility is not only illegal but puts you, pedestrians and other road users at risk. It’s worth the few minutes it takes to prepare your car properly.

Ensure your wiper blades are in good condition and make sure you have plenty of washer fluid.

Slow down – make sure you adjust your driving to the conditions of the road. Sometimes it is about driving under the legal limit. Try to keep steering smooth and avoid braking sharply where possible.

Check your tyres are correctly inflated and have good tyre tread (and remember the absolute minimum legal limit for cars is 1.6mm).

Be smart - stay with your vehicle and never leave it unattended with the keys in the ignition, even for a second, when de-icing the windows. Thieves are opportunistic – don’t give them a free ride.

Register your sat nav – you can register your sat nav and other valuables for free at: www.immobilise.com. It helps police return any recovered items to you if they are lost or stolen and serves as a deterrent to potential criminals – as well as helping police to catch those responsible.


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