POLICE are warning the public to beware the thieves who might take advantage of the recent cold snap.
Now the frosty mornings have arrived, some drivers might be tempted to leave their engines running and wait for their car to de-ice. But officers have warned that this could prove a costly mistake.
Thieves are well aware that some motorists let their guard down during the winter months and will seize on any opportunity to get inside a vehicle.
Chief Inspector Mark Payne, from West Midlands Police, said: “The simple message is do not leave a car running unattended for any length of time, whether it is left on your own driveway to de-frost on cold, winter mornings or to pop into a shop or post a letter.
“There are people who will steal if the opportunity presents itself and others who deliberately go in search of such opportunities - please do not give anyone the chance to steal your property.”
Drivers are also being urged to clear their windscreens before setting out - motorists who can’t see properly because of icy panes are endangering both themselves and others.
If you have been a victim of car crime, or any other type of advice, you can call the police advice line on 0121 626 6663 or visit www.west-midlands.police.uk. Further information about car crime can be found at www.west-midlands.police.uk/safermotors.
People who see anything suspicious can report it to police on 0845 113 5000.