Warning after car keys stolen from house

The stolen car on Childwall Valley Road
The stolen car on Childwall Valley Road

Residents are being warned by the police to secure their homes after a set of car keys were stolen.

Burglars broke into a house in Prescot some time between 11.30pm on Thursday June 24 and 5.15am on Friday.

The offender forced entry to a house on Victoria Terrace through a window before taking the car keys, a safe containing jewellery and two purses.

The burglar then used the red Volkswagen up! which the keys were for to make a getaway.

Merseyside Police have obtained CCTV footage showing the car being driven on Childwall Valley Road at about 6.20am on Friday and are working to identify the offender.

The force is also reminding residents to ensure their car keys are stored well out of sight.

A spokesman from St Helens CID said: “We would like to reassure the community that we are working to identify the person or people responsible and to locate the vehicle.

“I would urge local residents to check their front doors, windows and garage doors to prevent becoming easy targets, and ensure your car keys are 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.

“We also continue to distribute crime prevention advice to victims and residents, which is also available on the Force website.”

Anyone with information about this offence or burglaries in general should contact St Helens CID on 0151 777 6802, ring police using the non-emergency 101 number or call independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.