RESIDENTS in Chesterfield and north Derbyshire are being urged to make sure they keep their car keys safe and out of sight after a spate of thefts.
The warning comes after police received more than 20 reports of burglaries where thieves have targeted car keys and then taken the vehicles.
The latest incident happened in the early hours of Friday, July 19.
A house on Granary Close at Upper Newbold was broken into, the car keys taken and a Volkswagen Golf stolen.
Insp Dave Stone, of the police community safety unit said: “We have had a number of these types of incidents over the past few months, and vehicles such as Audi, Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes and Seat have been targeted.
“Officers are currently investigating these incidents but we would also urge residents to make sure their home and vehicle isn’t be an easy target, by making sure car keys are out of sight are well hidden.
“Make sure doors and windows are closed and locked and park your car in a secure garage if you have one.”
People are also being asked to report any suspicious activity around their vehicles.
Insp Stone added: “I would urge anyone with information about these incidents to contact police or to also report any vehicles parked up on your street for several days that you don’t recognise as belonging to your neighbours.”
n Contact police by calling 101 or to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.