Car Key Safety
As security systems in cars become increasingly sophisticated, thieves resort to a more obvious way to steal them – burgling a house for the keys and simply driving the car away.
And a lot of people make it easy for them. Did you know that on many occasions, the victims had left their house doors or windows unlocked?
Many of these offences are preventable with the offenders gaining entry to the house via an insecure door or window.
Professional car thieves can easily sneak into an insecure property to take vehicle keys. Sometimes they don’t even need to go inside – clever criminals can reach in through letterboxes or open windows and hook the keys right from where you left them.
7 ways to protect yourself:
- Keep your keys in a safe place away from doors and windows – if they can be seen, they can be stolen.
- Park your car inside a locked garage.
- If you park on a driveway, fit a lockable gate.
- Once you’re in the house, lock the door behind you.
- Install security lights at the front and back of your home.
- Set up CCTV cameras.
- Invest in a quality home security system.
It’s rare that people are attacked or threatened in their homes during car key burglaries, but if the worst happens, never put yourself at risk. Hand over the keys.
Be a good neighbour and keep an eye out for anything suspicious. If you see someone acting strangely, report it to us. Call 101 – or if it is an emergency, 999.
If you have information about a burglary you can pass it to us anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
Chief Inspector Jeff Moses said “The majority of car key burglaries we have seen in North Wales recently have been opportunistic, with the offenders managing to get into homes through insecure doors or windows. On some occasions the victims have been in the house when the offences have occurred.”
“Many of these offences are preventable with the offenders gaining entry to the house via an insecure door or window. Other offences have occurred where car keys have been left near to the front door and implements have been used to remove the keys via the letter-box.”
He continued: “Overall there has been a significant decrease in household burglaries across the area in the last 12 months and this type of offence is seen perhaps only once a day in the whole county. Therefore, residents should not feel alarmed, but I would always urge people to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to remind residents to make sure their properties are secure both during the evening and overnight even when they are at home. These offenders will need to walk up driveways to look through doors and windows to see if there are keys in sight of a door or window. If you notice any such behaviour contact us. It doesn’t matter if we attend and find that everything is in order.”
“Householders witnessing anyone acting suspiciously are advised to call North Wales Police on 101 or in an emergency dial 999. Information can also be passed anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”