Derbyshire motorists urged to keep keys out of sight

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Police are urging residents to keep their car keys out of sight following a spate of burglaries where keys to cars parked outside homes have been taken.

The most recent incident happened on Enfield Road, Chesterfield, in the early hours of Monday, where the keys to a Vauxhall Astra were stolen and the car was driven away.

A Nissan Micra, a TV, laptop, Xbox and two iPods were stole from a property on Station Road, Eckington, sometime between Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11.

And in Killamarsh, a Vauxhall Zafira was stolen after a house on Kestrel Close was broken into overnight on Saturday, May 3.

Officers are appealing to residents to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity.

Community Safety Inspector Russell Dakin said: “Enquiries are being carried out by officers around these recent offences, but we also want to remind people to make sure their homes and car keys are secure.

“Always double check that your doors and windows are locked before going to bed, and don’t leave your car keys on view on kitchen tables, hooks on walls, or near to windows or cat flaps where a thief could see and possibly reach them.”