A SPATE of theftes has forced police to appeal to motorists in the Dispatch district not to leave their cars unattended while defrosting them in bad weather.
In the recent freezing temperatures, motorists have been tackling frosted screens by turning their cars on to use ttheir heaters and leaving keys in the ignition.
However after a number of thefts across the county, Nottinghamshire police are advising motorists not to do this as it is proving easy pickings for thieves.
“The weather is going to get icier and we don’t want people to experience the financial and stressful strain of having their vehicles stolen,” said Det Insp Rich Monk, from Ashfield CID.
“I urge people to set their alarms a little earlier in the morning to give them extra time to sit with the heaters on while their windscreen defrosts.
“Never leave an unattended car unlocked, and certainly never leave a car with the keys in the ignition, even for just a moment.
“Think ahead – it will take extra time to get your vehicle ready in the morning before you set out on your journey, so allow yourself the time to do it. Thieves are still around in the cold weather and they could be looking for an opportunity when your guard is down to steal one of the most expensive things a person owns.
“Insurance companies are very reluctant to pay out if they know a car has been left running and unattended, which can be very costly for people at this time of year.”