POLICE in North Yorkshire are reminding vehicle owners to make sure they keep their keys in a secure place.
This advice follows nine “2-in-1” burglaries across the force in the last two weeks.
A 2-in-1 burglary is where criminals break into houses with the intention of stealing keys to vehicles.
Officers are undertaking extra patrols across the force and will be targeting areas where there is an issue with this type of crime.
Detective Chief Inspector Keith Ruff, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “Although 2-in-1 burglaries are usually planned and tend to target high performance and valuable vehicles such as four-wheel-drives, thieves often take advantage of an easy opportunity if they spot one.
“I advise homeowners to make life as difficult as possible for thieves.
“Taking a few simple steps may mean that they don’t become the victim’s of crime.
The force is urging residents to:
* Keep vehicle keys out of view from windows and doors, and out of reach of cat-flaps and letterboxes
* Ensure doors and windows are secure, even when at home
* Park in a garage where possible or in a well lit area and use a steering lock
* Consider having a tracker fitted
DCI Keith Ruff added: “I urge anyone with information about people committing this type of offence, or any suspicious activity, to contact North Yorkshire Police or Crimestoppers straight away.”
Anyone who has information about 2-in-1 burglaries should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.
Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.
For more crime prevention advice visit the North Yorkshire Police website http://www.northyorkshire.police.uk/crimeprevention