Welwyn Hatfield drivers warned of opportunistic thieves during cold snap

PUBLISHED: 09:16 09 November 2016

Herts Police are warning residents of car thieves in the cold weather

Herts Police are warning residents of car thieves in the cold weather

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Welwyn Hatfield motorists are being warned of opportunist thieves in the cold weather.

Hertfordshire Constabulary is warning drivers not to leave vehicles unattended with the keys in the ignition, whilst waiting for it to defrost.

In previous years there have been reports of vehicles being stolen from driveways whilst drivers wait for them to warm up.

Inspector Paul Lawrence said: “The weather has been pretty mild during October but is predicted to turn colder over the coming weeks.

“Scraping ice and waiting for the cabin to warm in the mornings isn’t pleasant, but leaving the car running whilst you go back inside where it’s nice and warm can give thieves an easy opportunity.

“Insurance companies will not cover you if your vehicle is left insecure or the keys are left in the ignition. Those few extra minutes in the warm could end up costing you thousands of pounds.

“A driver should never leave a vehicle unattended with the engine running.”

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