Thieves target 'defrosting' cars in Solihull - The Solihull Observer

Thieves target 'defrosting' cars in Solihull

Solihull Editorial 16th Jan, 2024   0

SILHILLIANS are being urged to stay with their car as it defrosts.

This comes after West Midlands Police said a car was stolen on Monday (January 15) morning when it was left unattended.

Writing on X (formerly Twitter) Solihull Police said: “Thieves drive around on frosty mornings looking for the opportunity to steal vehicles, please make sure it’s not yours.

“Stay with your car as it defrosts.”

According to the Met Office, temperatures across Solihull and Shirley look set to drop to below freezing in the coming days.

Every year the force receives reports from drivers who have had their cars stolen after leaving the engine running while they wait in their homes while they melt the ice on their windscreens.

Police say some vehicle owners nip inside for just a few seconds to collect a bag or finish the last mouthful of their breakfast coffee – but that is all the time an opportunist thief needs.

To ‘freeze out’ the thieves, West Midlands Police advises motorists to:

  • Clear windscreens with de-icer and a scraper
  • Sit in vehicles while the heater demists the windscreen


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