A significant number of vehicle thefts in south Norfolk since September has prompted an urgent police warning to drivers.
Seven thefts in which vehicles were left unattended with keys in the ignition have been reported in the district in the last three months, starting when a Citroen C5 was stolen in Scole on Friday, September 12.
The full list of thefts is as follows:
* A Citreon C5 was stolen from Scole on Friday, September 12
* A Land Rover Defender was taken from Croft Close in Diss on Friday, October 30
* A Land Rover Freelander was stolen from Briar Road, Harleston on Tuesday, November 25
* A Ford Mondeo and an Astra were taken from an address in Tacolneston on Thursday, November 27
* A Ford Focus was stolen in St Julian’s Way in Pulham Market on Monday, December 1
* A Ford Transit van was taken from Yarmouth Road in Broome on Tuesday, December 2
* A Ford Transit was taken from St Julian’s Way in Pulham Market on Wednesday, December 3
Insp Mike Britton, Diss policing commander, said: “We have seen a number of incidents in recent weeks where drivers have left the keys in the ignition, only to return to find their vehicle stolen.
“I would advise drivers to ensure they stop, lock and secure their vehicle, even if they are planning to be away from it for a very short time. It is also worth remembering that if your car is stolen with the keys in the ignition it will invalidate your insurance.”
Anybody with information about any of the incidents described above is urged to contact Norfolk police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.