Staffordshire Police is urging car owners to be vigilant following an increase of car key burglaries and thefts from vans in South Staffs, especially in the Cheslyn Hay and Great Wyrley area.
Officers have issued the following security advice.
• Keep all keys out of sight and away from doors and windows. Recent surveys have shown that people tend to leave their car keys on their hallway table, in a key pot, on a key hook or keep them in a drawer downstairs. Make sure keys are left in a secure location, not left on display and not kept upstairs.
• Install a home security system and set an intruder alarm at night.
• Install and activate a tracking device on your vehicle.
• Install good outside lighting your property.
- Do not leave any valuables, including tools, inside your vehicle.
• Check if your keyless entry fob can be turned off. If it can, and your dealer can also confirm this, then do so overnight. Keep it in a Faraday bag which blocks the signal from the fob. Please contact PCSO Terry on Karen.terry if you would like a free bag delivered to you.
• Be vigilant. Keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your neighbourhood – and report anything unusual to the police by calling 101.
• Review your car security. Consider security devices such as mechanical locks (steering / gearstick/ pedal / wheel clamp) and trackers, which are proven to deter thieves.
Be smart, keep updated. Download the Staffordshire Smart Alert App to receive real-time crime alerts for your area. Search your App store for ‘Staffs Smart Alert’.
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Community Engagement Officer