Keep those car keys very close

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If you love your car, take the ignition keys to bed with you - that’s the latest crime prevention message from Doncaster police.

It may not sound very romantic but that is the best way to ensure you are not parted from your vehicle.

Police are reminding residents to be extra careful with the security of their cars and to keep vehicle keys out of sight in the home.

Over the last few weeks, there has been an increase in what are known as two-in-one burglaries, where the offender breaks into the house to steal car keys, which have been left unattended and on view.

High value vehicles are at risk, because they are virtually impossible to steal without ignition keys, so criminals are breaking into houses in order to get them. Det Insp Steve Whittaker, from the Performance Crime Team, said: “We are doing everything we can to prevent and detect these types of offences.

“I would urge the public to assist us by removing their car keys from view and where possible take them upstairs to bed with them.

“The police in Doncaster have run and are continuing to run operations to tackle criminals who commit this type of offence.

“We have had an increase in two-in-one burglary offences.

“On nearly every occasion high-valued vehicles are being taken - usually as a result of the car keys being stolen from the kitchen or from being left in the door.

“I am urging residents to treat their car keys as they would any other expensive item and not leave them lying around the house.”

If anyone has any information about this type of offence please contact the police on 0114 220 2020, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

To remind people to keep their vehicle keys out of sight and take them upstairs to their bedroom, special key rings are available from the College Road police station in Doncaster town centre.