RUGBY police are asking homeowners to be alert to burglars intent on stealing their vehicles after a number of incidents across the county.
At approximately 7.30pm on Saturday 17 December the owner of a car in Noble Drive, Cawston, managed to grab a burglar who was trying to steal his car. The burglar and another suspected burglar jumped out of the car and ran off. The occupants became aware of the burglary when they heard noises downstairs and realized burglars had broken into their home through an insecure back door to steal the car keys. The two thieves are described as white males aged between 17 and 20 years old wearing dark clothing. (Incident 343 of 17 Dec)
Between midnight and 8am on Saturday 17 December the occupant of a house in Corbett Street, Rugby woke up to find her front door wide open and her handbag, laptop, carkeys and red VW Fox car stolen from outside. (130 of 17 Dec)
George Stepney, Crime Prevention Manager said: “Always lock your front and back door even when you are at home. Opportunist thieves will try front and back doors just in case they have been left open and it only takes a moment to walk in and take your car keys, handbag or laptop.
“Remove keys from doors locks before retiring for the night and never leave house or car keys on view near a door or window. Criminals can hook keys through open windows and letterboxes.
“Invest in a good quality home security system and security lights to the front and rear of your property.
“If you have a high value car, considering installing a satellite tracking system so that if it is stolen it can be more easily traced. If possible park your car in a secure garage overnight.
“Most importantly, please do not risk your personal safety when confronted by car thieves - particularly if they threaten any form of violence.”
“Often there is more than one offender involved in these incidents and you may be putting yourself at greater risk by attempting to resist a car theft.”
Witnesses can call police on 101.