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Lock your car - or lose it!

DRIVERS are again being warned not to leave their cars unattended with the engine running.

DRIVERS are again being warned not to leave their cars unattended with the engine running.

‘Lock it or lose it’ is the message from police in Solihull as drivers are warned to take care of their vehicles during frosty mornings.

The force has issued a warning to all motorists across the West Midlands during the current cold snap to beware of car thieves.

As the weather gets colder, some motorists become careless and leave keys in their ignitions as they warm their vehicles. Others leave the engine running in their parked vehicles as they go back inside the house and wait for their vehicle to de-ice.

Sergeant Carol Alldred said: “The simple message from the police is do not leave a car running unattended for any length of time whether it is left on your own driveway to de-frost it 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.”

Police have also urged motorists not to take any risks with their safety or the safety of others by clearing their windscreens properly before they drive.

If you have been a victim of car crime, or any other crime, and need basic help and advice, call the pre-recorded advice line on 0121 626 6663. For more crime prevention advice please visit the force’s website at: Drivers can also obtain vehicle crime prevention advice by visiting the Safer Motors website at

Anyone who witnesses suspicious activity is asked to report it immediately on 0845 113 5000.



Cathrina Hulse
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