Police in Suffolk are urging residents to keep car keys out of view in their homes, following burglaries involving the theft of keys and subsequent theft of motor vehicles.
As part of Operation Drawbridge, Suffolk Police's campaign to reduce burglaries and bring offenders to justice, police are reminding all to take this simple step and stop giving burglars access to vehicles.
Supt Phil Aves said, “It is upsetting that we have seen a spate of this type of burglary this week. Not only are these offenders gaining access to people's homes and stealing their possessions, but also going one step further and taking keys so that they may steal vehicles.
“If burglars have managed to get inside a home, it is essential that they are not offered ‘easy pickings'. Valuable items, cash and jewellery should be kept out of view, and secured if possible, and keys should not be left in obvious places. Do not leave them near to windows and doors, as burglars will often target these directly, quickly gaining access and grabbing keys. Don't leave them in ‘key holders' or similar with labels explaining what they are for, and avoid leaving them hanging in keyholes.
“We will do all we can to try and reduce the amount of burglaries happening across the county, and we will continue to help residents in making their homes more secure. On the unfortunate occasions where burglars do manage to access homes, we must ensure that we do not make their lives easy, by giving access to valuable possessions.”