Stolen Car Keys

Car theft facts

Frustrated car thieves are turning their attention to stealing car keys rather than tackling sophisticated security devices on vehicles, the RAC Foundation reported today.

  • Some gangs around the country are now staging housebreakings in a deliberate attempt to get at car keys.
  • Last week 100 police raided 14 addresses across London, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire to arrest 10 car thief suspects.
  • This gang targets Mercedes, BMWs and Porsches parked on the drives of suburban houses from Nottingham to Barnet in north-west London.
  • One police operation has recovered 23 cars valued at more than £500,000 in the past few months.
  • In the past two years cars valued at more than £40 million have been stolen in the Home Counties following burglaries.
  • The demand for top-of-the-range cars in the Third World is thought to be fuelling this increase.
  • In West Yorkshire, police have been urging drivers to take car keys to bed with them following the disappearance of 720 vehicles stolen between October and December last year after a spate of sneak-in burglaries.
  • The crime is not new – in 2001 thieves who took keys during night-time household raids stole cars valued at £5 million over a six-month period in Belfast.
  • According to a survey carried out for the BBC in Scotland last year, more than three-quarters of people interviewed said they did not believe that police would be able to catch those responsible for housebreakings or car theft.
  • Three Liverpool teenagers were recently sentenced for their role in a series of “hooking” thefts – a crime first identified by the RAC Foundation four years ago – where wire, cane or fishing rods are fed through windows or letterboxes to retrieve keys hanging close by. Source Online Mail article
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