Despite the constant warnings issued by car insurance companies to motorists to not leave their cars unattended while they heat up in cold weather, yet another vehicle was stolen from a driveway in Redditch while defrosting, police say.
The owner of a silver Peugeot 107 – a vehicle which is valued at approximately £4,500 – chose not to heed the warnings of motor car insurance providers and police officials alike by leaving the car with the keys in the ignition, going back into the house in Alfreda Avenue as the windscreen slowly defrosted. Stolen on the morning of February 1, the vehicle’s registration number is BW57 CWC, though police have not yet been able to trace or locate the car despite combing the area.
Police have once more issued the warning that drivers should use a scraper and de-icer to clear windscreens instead of leaving them unattended, and then to sit within the vehicle in order to let the heater de-mist the windscreen. West Mercia Police Inspector, Carl Paskin, remarked that while a great number of thefts are opportunistic, police have found that offenders may specifically target residential areas on the lookout for cars left unattended with their engines running.
Insp Paskin also said that drivers need to be aware that, in the event of a car theft that occurred because the keys had been left in the ignition, discount car insurance firms may not pay for a replacement vehicle on the grounds that the driver bears responsibility for the theft.