POLICE are once again warning Solihull motorists to beware of car key thieves.
And officers are offering some simple tips to make sure their vehicles are as secure as possible.
They say if you want to stay a step ahead of the crooks, who’ll often break into a house to get the car keys, then follow these simple steps:
l Keep your car keys hidden in an obscure place, so thieves are not likely to find them.
l Never leave keys near to windows or doors - thieves can push a hook or magnet through the letter box to get hold of them.
l Make sure that front and back doors are secure. If the door is unlocked, then thieves can walk in and take the keys.
l If possible, put your vehicle in a garage when it’s not in use and always secure the garage door.
Acting Det Sgt Jim Clarke, from Solihull’s vehicle crime team, said: “Car key burglaries are quite rare.
“There is no need for alarm, but if people are aware opportunistic thieves could be in their area and take the following basic crime prevention measures they can help reduce the risk to themselves.”