WATCH YOUR KEYS: Police give urgent warning after spate of recent thefts

PUBLISHED: 16:29 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 08:30 02 June 2010

DO NOT leave your keys in your vehicle. That is the warning from police after four vehicles were stolen when the keys had been left inside.

At 8.30pm on Monday (June 9) a man was driving home along Mill Lane in Leverington when he passed one of his own tr

DO NOT leave your keys in your vehicle. That is the warning from police after four vehicles were stolen when the keys had been left inside.

At 8.30pm on Monday (June 9) a man was driving home along Mill Lane in Leverington when he passed one of his own tractors being driven in the opposite direction. The victim followed the tractor towards Leverington Common, then into Panswell Lane. The victim flashed his headlights and beeped his horn while following the tractor.

The tractor then turned off on a grass track and was driven across fields. The victim left the area to get his mobile phone and contact police. The tractor was later recovered from the middle of a field.

On Thursday, June 5, a delivery driver had parked his brown van on Station Drive, Wisbech St Mary's. He left the van unlocked and with the key in the ignition while he approached a house. Another man then jumped in the van and drove off. It was later recovered at Thorney Toll, near Wisbech.

On Wednesday, June 4, between noon and 1.30pm a white Nissan Primastar van was stolen from a driveway in Church Road, Wisbech St Mary's. It had been left unlocked and the keys were placed in a trouser pocket and left on the front seat. The van contained high value tools and golf equipment.

On Tuesday, June 3, a white Ford recovery truck was stolen from Windmill Row, St Neots. The truck was left unlocked with the keys in the ignition while the driver unloaded the vehicle off the back. This vehicle was recovered from Leighton Buzzard Road in Hemel Hempsted, Hertfordshire.

Community Engagement and Crime Reduction Manager Trevor Bracken, said: "Unfortunately there are opportunist thieves on the look out for vehicles with keys left in them.

"Modern vehicles contain elaborate security devices to prevent them being stolen but those devices rely on a degree of responsibility from drivers.

"Many insurers will not pay out if a stolen vehicle had the key left in it which should encourage drivers to be security conscious.


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