Car Key Burglary in Rainhill, 20 July
Merseyside Police is appealing for help from the public after a car was stolen in a burglary in Rainhill in the early hours of today.
The burglary took place at about 12.50am today (Wednesday, 20 July) when a black VW Golf R (registration number: 10 KAS) was taken from a drive on St James Mount.
It is believed three offenders forced entry to the property through a side window and reached inside to take the keys. They then left the scene in the car.
Detective Constable Jeff Huxley from St Helens CID said: “We would like to reassure the community that we are working to identify the people responsible, and locate the car.
“While the window was forced open in this incident, the weather this week has been very warm and sunny, so there is an obvious temptation to leave windows and doors open. But I would urge local residents to ensure their houses are as secure as possible and check their front doors, windows and garage doors to prevent becoming easy targets. It is also a good idea to leave any keys safely out of sight. Once you get into the habit of doing a quick check it doesn’t take much time at all and can save you a lot of distress in the long run.
“If you have a garage use it, or if you park on a driveway ensure you close your gates at night and consider putting an obstruction such as your wheelie bin in front of your vehicle.
“Always put your car keys out of sight and never leave them in the back of your door. If possible use a steering wheel lock on your vehicle, which are unappealing to thieves looking to make a fast getaway.
“These people are looking for the easiest and least confrontational way to steal a vehicle, so anything you can do to make it harder for them means you are less likely to fall victim.
“We all need to be vigilant. If you see anyone acting suspiciously report it to the police. These offenders will need to walk up driveways to look through doors and windows to see if there are keys in sight of a door or window. If you notice any such behaviour contact the police on 101 or in an emergency dial 999.”
Anyone who recognises the car, or has information in relation to this offence or burglaries in general is asked to contact St Helens CID on 0151 777 6802, the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.