DOZY car owners leaving their vehicles unattended to defrost has meant nearly as many car thefts in Solihull this cold snap as in the whole of last winter.
And although Solihull Police have pledged extra patrols from 6am if overnight temperatures could dip below zero in a bid to freeze out car thieves, officers are urging all motorists to be vigilant.
Ex-footballer Paul Peschisolido, husband of Apprentice star Karren Brady, saw thieves drive off in his Mercedes E-Class in Grove Road, Knowle, at 7.30am last Monday, while a Vauxhall Signum and a black VW Polo were taken from careless owners in Grandborough Drive, Solihull, and Knowle’s Barcheston Road, respectively, the following morning.
Inspector Dave Reddington said: “We had four incidents in total last winter where cars were stolen in this way, so to get three in a week is concerning.
“The target vehicles tend to be high value; the types difficult to steal, thanks to advanced security technology, without the keys.
“Motorists should also be mindful that car insurance policies are often invalid when cars are stolen in this way.”
There have been some cases of motorists ‘inventing’ house burglaries in the hope it will reap a pay-out.
“Burglary is a serious offence,” added Insp Reddington.
“Anyone found inventing a burglary to aid an insurance claim could be investigated for false reporting or even fraud.”