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Homeowners advised not to leave keys by front door
12:20pm Tuesday 15th January 2013 in News
FOLLOWING a number of recent reports of ‘key fishing’ offences, police are reminding residents to keep their house and car keys well away from doors and windows.
Between January 4 and 6, seven reports of keys being taken off side tables using hooded sticks were reported to officers, with burglars then able to gain access to properties or make off with cars parked on the driveway.
Offenders also seem to be targeting properties with high performance vehicles.
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Jones said: "The keys had been stolen from the victim's property but there was no sign of forced entry it's believed they were 'fished' through the letter box using some kind of implement.
"We'd always encourage residents not to leave house keys in the lock or car keys or other valuables on display through glass door panels or windows.
"Keep windows closed in unoccupied rooms, especially easily accessible ones on the ground floor, and don't leave valuables on show and certainly not within reaching distance of a window."