Warning after attempted car theft in Wiggington

Wednesday, 22nd January 2020

A POLICE Community Support Officer has warned local residents after the attempted theft of a car from a village on the edge of Tamworth this morning (Wednesday).

In the early hours of this morning, offenders attempted to steal a Ford Fiesta ST in the village of Wiggington.

Fortunately, the would-be thieves were disturbed and fled the location.  Unfortunately, however, damage was caused to the vehicle by the offenders.

PCSO Costas Karpi has said: “Ford ST vehicles, both Fiesta and Focus models remain a popular choice for offenders. If you know anybody with a Ford ST Vehicle or have a neighbour with one, please make them aware that additional security measures are advisable. For example, steering locks, driveway posts etc. Also, Faraday bags are advised for all keyless vehicles.”

Anti-theft advice

Lock it or lose it! – Locking your vehicle, even when filling up or parked on your drive, greatly reduces the possibility of it being targeted by an opportunist thief. Even if you have locked your vehicle, check you haven’t left any windows or the sunroof open.

It is actually illegal to leave your vehicle running unattended while you de-ice it or warm it up in cold weather. If someone takes it while it’s left like this, your insurer won’t pay out because you won’t be covered.

Keep the keys safe – Vehicles today are by and large more difficult to steal than ever, unless the thief can access your key or fob to clone them. Keep your keys safe, out of view when at home, and away from your front door. It’s not uncommon for car keys to be stolen from inside your home by thieves fishing for them with a stick and hook through the letterbox.

When not in use, keep your electronic car key in a security pouch to prevent it being scanned by thieves to open and steal your car nearby.

Internal Locks – Bear in mind that built-in steering locks aren’t necessarily thief-proof. Many can be forced and broken. Fitting a Sold SecureExternal Link steering wheel, gear lever or clutch pedal security device can give your vehicle added protection.

Protect your ports! – Many modern vehicles are fitted with engine management diagnostic ports, which can be accessed without the thief needing to open the vehicle doors, boot or bonnet, but which can unlock and start your vehicle. If your vehicle has this type of port, consider fitting a lockable cover.

Check its locked! – Electronic devices can be used to jam the electronic signal from your key fob to lock your vehicle. Always manually check your vehicle has locked before walking away.

If unsure, lock it manually, then scan the immediate area for anyone hanging around. If a potential thief who’s watching feels they’ve been spotted, they’ll probably move off.