SOLIHULL police will be keeping an eye on the skies to try and stay a step ahead of car thieves.
Officers with the vehicle crime team will be monitoring weather patterns to identify a likely cold snap.
If the 24-hour forecast indicates that temperatures will be dropping below zero, then extra patrols will be hitting the streets.
From 5am, the teams will be keeping a look-out for potential car thieves, who can use the darker mornings to their advantage.
Police will also be warning motorists not to make things easy for opportunist crooks.
Sgt Craig Hurst said: “People still have a tendency to start up their cars and put the heater on to de-ice the windscreen and warm the interior.
“They’ll then head indoors to collect some things or finish their cup of coffee, thinking the car’s perfectly safe on the driveway – but a thief only needs a few seconds to jump in and drive off.”
Last winter, thieves made off with 20 vehicles in this manner. High-value cars are likely targets, but police have urged all drivers to be vigilant.
The “frost patrols” will focus in particular on rural areas, but officers say they will be visiting neighbourhoods all around the borough.