POLICE in Solihull have reported an increase in car key thefts where the thieves use poles to ‘fish’ keys through letter boxes in an attempt to steal cars.
Throughout August and September officers have visited seven addresses in Earlswood, Solihull, Dorridge and Castle Bromwich following reports that keys have been stolen from inside locked houses.
A spokesperson said: “As vehicle security becomes more sophisticated, the easiest way to steal a vehicle is by using the owner’s keys and it appears that thieves are trying to steal keys by reaching through letter boxes with homemade implements like rods or poles.
“Officers are investigating the crimes but we would like to take this opportunity to remind people to remove keys and valuables that are usually kept near to your door.
“Don’t leave keys in door locks and please report any suspicious behaviour or activity to us on 101.”