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With the cold mornings now with us, Police are advising drivers to take care when defrosting their windows.

Be aware of the risks to your car when defrosting your windows.

Winter Car defrost

Please DO NOT defrost your vehicle by starting the vehicle and then leaving it unlocked and running. If you do, you are running a serious risk of the vehicle being stolen by vehicle thieves who go around the area looking for an easy and vulnerable target. If this happens, your vehicle insurance company WILL NOT pay out for the vehicle when stolen in this manner.

With the onset of the colder weather, darker nights and frosty mornings comes the need to defrost motor vehicles when there has been a frost.

We all often become relaxed and complacent but we all need to be aware of the risks and dangers involved when letting our guard down.

DO NOT defrost your vehicle by starting the vehicle and then leaving it unlocked and running.

You may only pop back into the house to make a quick cup of tea or coffee; you may have CCTV installed at your property or even stand inside your house looking out of the window at your vehicle. However, it only takes seconds for thieves to run up to your vehicle, jump in it and drive it away before you can do anything to stop them.

DO NOT defrost your vehicle by starting the vehicle and then leaving it unlocked and running.

Motorists should check the weather forecasts and allow adequate time to defrost your motor vehicle whilst you are sitting inside it. For added safety and security ensure you lock your doors even when you are inside the vehicle.

Remember! BEFORE driving on the public highway the windscreen and side windows should be fully clear of frost so adequate visibility is available for the driver.

Motorists are reminded that it is an offence to drive a motor vehicle on the public highway with inadequate visibility. Likewise, it is also an offence to leave a motor vehicle on a public road with the engine running and unattended.

If you see or know a friend, a neighbour, or a relative who defrosts their vehicle by starting the vehicle and then leaving it unlocked and running. Please pass on this message:

DO NOT defrost your vehicle by starting the vehicle and then leaving it unlocked and running.

By taking simple and sensible measures we can all help reduce crime.

If you wish to report a crime, anti-social behaviour or anything suspicious in your local area, please call 101.  Always use 999 in an emergency when a crime is actually in progress, or someone is in serious danger of harm.

If you wish to pass information anonymously, you can call CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 or use this link to pass the information over the internet  https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information

You can email the Safer Neighbourhood Team at sa.snt@westmercia.pnn.police.uk , but be aware that this email address should not be used to report an incident that requires an urgent Police answer as it is not monitored 24 hours a day.

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Published 04/12/18