Police investigating car key burglaries across Redditch - The Redditch Standard

Police investigating car key burglaries across Redditch

Redditch Editorial 11th Mar, 2024   0

POLICE are investigating a number of reported car key burglaries across Redditch.

In car key burglaries, intruders break into homes and steal car keys to then take the vehicles.

A West Mercia Police officer involved in the investigation said: “Perpetrators of this crime often ‘work to order’ and will target specific vehicles, based on demand and value.

“If a criminal is targeting a certain vehicle they will also be targeting the owner, looking for easy ways to exploit their security and get to their keys.

“The most common methods used by thieves are to follow victims’ home or ‘cruise’ around residential areas looking for opportunities.”

They urged anyone who suspected they were being followed or saw vehicles not usually in the area to take down the registration number and report it to the police.

Officers have outlined prevention methods to reduce the risk having a car stolen:

* Drivers should always store keys securely and out of sight,

* Park cars in garages or on driveways where possible

* Install high quality alarm systems and additional security measures, such as immobilisers and steering locks

* Never leave the keys in an unattended vehicle.

* Motorists should also ensure all entry points to homes are securely locked and consider installing burglar alarms and exterior security lighting systems.

The community is encouraged to access further advice and tips on the police’s website – westmercia.police.uk – aimed at enhancing home and vehicle security measures.

Report crimes via the website or by calling 101.

People should always call 999 if a crime is taking place or if they feel they are under threat.

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