Residents urged to be careful after car is stolen in burglary

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Police are encouraging people to be vigilant after a car was stolen in a burglary in St Helens.

The burglars went into the back garden of a property on Walsham Gardens and forced open a window some time between 12.30am and 7.30am on Tuesday.

Anything you can do to make it harder for them means you are less likely to fall victim

Det Con Roy Waller

Once inside, they took the keys to an Audi TTS car parked on the driveway and drove away in it.

The incident is being investigated by Merseyside Police and residents are being urged to improve their security.

Det Con Roy Waller, 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 stolen.

“We all need to be vigilant. If you see anyone acting suspiciously report it to the police. These offenders will often walk up driveways to look through doors and windows to see if there are keys in sight of a door or window.

“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.

“If you have any information on this incident, or notice any such behaviour, contact the police on 101 or in an emergency dial 999.”