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Motorists Urged to Freeze Out Opportunist Thieves
Monday 4th January, 2010

Motorists Urged to Freeze Out Opportunist Thieves

Police in Wigan are urging motorists to freeze out opportunist thieves this week by not leaving their vehicles unattended while de-icing them.

The warning comes following Met Office predictions that overnight temperatures could drop as low as minus five degrees in parts of Greater Manchester this week.

By simply staying with their vehicles on frosty mornings, motorists can dramatically reduce the chances of having them stolen.

Chief Inspector Jacqui Pendlebury of Greater Manchester Police’s Wigan Division said: “Every winter on frosty mornings people leave their vehicles with the engines running while they go indoors to keep out of the cold.

“It’s no surprise that when they go back outside their driveway is empty, as it only takes a few seconds to steal a car with keys left in the ignition. It’s also worth motorists remembering that if they do this their insurance policies may be invalidated.

“Our advice to all drivers is to stay with the vehicle when defrosting it, and if they need to leave it unattended they should remove all valuables, lock the vehicle and take the keys with them."

To report crime, call police on 0161 872 5050 or report it online at www.gmp.police.uk

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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