MOTORISTS are being urged to be on their guard against ‘frost-jackers’ on the look out for unattended vehicles to steal while their windscreens are clearing.
Police are warning that criminals could be prowling the streets looking for unattended cars left running while their windscreens are being cleared of ice now that temperatures are beginning to drop.
Derbyshire Police said although no cars have been stolen by frost-jackers so far this winter they have been taken during previous years.
The force has also had a number of unattended delivery vehicles stolen in recent weeks while drivers have been dropping off parcels, including an incident in Killamarsh last month.
Community Safety Inspector Dave Stone said: “It’s that time of year when the cold weather is upon us, with freezing temperatures not far away.
“The weather doesn’t to matter to the criminal, in fact they can use it to their advantage.
“Last winter we had a number of thefts where owners left cars unattended with the keys in the ignition whilst defrosting the windscreens only to find their vehicle had been stolen on their return.
“Thieves work their way around estates looking for an opportunity like this to steal the vehicles. Please don’t get caught out this year and make sure you don’t leave your vehicle unattended.”