POLICE are reminding motorists to prepare for the winter weather now that the cold mornings are settling in.
Staffordshire Police are asking drivers to give themselves a bit more time in a morning to prepare their vehicle safely before they set off. They say that this will help you to stay safe on the roads.
Dig out the scraper and de-icer so that you can de-frost your windows, or use a windscreen cover overnight. Do not clear a ‘porthole’ for you to look through; clear all windows.
If you need to defrost your vehicle ensure you stay with it and don’t leave it unattended with the keys inside.
West Midlands Police have reported that this morning, Tuesday 29 November, £100,000 worth of vehicles were stolen in their policing area.
It only takes a few seconds for your vehicle to be taken from a driveway or outside your home.
An Audi A3, a Ford Mondeo and a Mazda were all amongst the vehicles stolen.
A police spokesperson has said:
“Opportunist car thieves watch the weather forecast and police are advising car owners not to nip back inside their home when a car is defrosting.
“In Addition, drivers should always be in control of their vehicle when the engine is running, even when you’re loading or unloading shopping or baggage. Leaving the engine running to ‘warm up’ during the winter months not only risks having the vehicle stolen, it’s against the law.
“Don’t make it easy for opportunist thieves – they don’t even have to go to the trouble of breaking into your vehicle if you have left it running for them.”
It is also worth remembering that your insurance company may not pay out if your vehicle is stolen whilst the keys have been left in the ignition.