Police in Wolverhampton have again issued a reminder for motorists not to leave cars unattended with keys in the ignition while waiting for them to defrost on icy mornings.
A total of six vehicles were reported stolen between Friday 26 and Tuesday 30 November from locations across the city.
At around 6:25am yesterday morning (Tuesday), a silver Land Rover was taken from an address in Ashmore Park. In each case, owners had left the car unattended with keys in the ignition and the engine running.
Chief Inspector Matt Markham, from West Midlands Police, said: “We really need to get the message across that you do not leave your car unlocked and unattended even for a few moments.
“There are criminals who are well aware people will leave cars unattended, with keys in the ignition to warm them up. They will then seize the opportunity to steal a car as they are more than prepared.
â€œWe are reiterating the message that people should not leave cars unlocked and unattended for any length of time.â€
Officers are warning that as well as the loss of the car, insurance companies will often refuse to pay out when vehicles are stolen in this way.
The advice is to clear windscreens with de-icer and a scraper and sit in your vehicle while the heater de-mists the windscreen.
If you see anyone acting suspiciously, call 0345 113 5000. If you see a crime being committed call 999.
Anyone who has any information about vehicle crime can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.